Frame v. t. [imp. & p. p. Framed p. pr. & vb. n. Framing.]
1. Arch. & Engin. To construct by fitting and uniting the several parts of the skeleton of any structure; specifically, in woodwork, to put together by cutting parts of one member to fit parts of another. See Dovetail, Halve, v. t., Miter, Tenon, Tooth, Tusk, Scarf, and Splice.
2. To originate; to plan; to devise; to contrive; to compose; in a bad sense, to invent or fabricate, as something false.
How many excellent reasonings are framed in the mind of a man of wisdom and study in a length of years. --I. Watts.
3. To fit to something else, or for some specific end; to adjust; to regulate; to shape; to conform.
And frame my face to all occasions. --Shak.
We may in some measure frame our minds for the reception of happiness. --Landor.
The human mind is framed to be influenced. --I. Taylor.
4. To cause; to bring about; to produce. [Obs.]
Fear frames disorder, and disorder wounds. --Shak.
5. To support. [Obs. & R.]
That on a staff his feeble steps did frame. --Spenser.
6. To provide with a frame, as a picture.
1. The act, process, or style of putting together a frame, or of constructing anything; a frame; that which frames.
2. Arch. & Engin. A framework, or a sy░ of frames.
Framing chisel Carp., a heavy chisel with a socket shank for making mortises.
n 1: formulation of the plans and important details; "the framing
of judicial decrees"
2: a structure supporting or containing something [syn: framework,