• (v. t.) 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.
• (v. t.) To originate; to plan; to devise; to contrive; to
compose; in a bad sense, to invent or fabricate, as something false.
• (v. t.) To fit to something else, or for some specific end; to
adjust; to regulate; to shape; to conform.
• (v. t.) To cause; to bring about; to produce.
• (v. t.) To support.
• (v. t.) To provide with a frame, as a picture.
• (v. i.) To shape; to arrange, as the organs of speech.
• (v. i.) To proceed; to go.
• (n.) Anything composed of parts fitted and united together; a
fabric; a structure; esp., the constructional system, whether of timber
or metal, that gives to a building, vessel, etc., its model and
strength; the skeleton of a structure.
• (n.) The bodily structure; physical constitution; make or build
of a person.
• (n.) A kind of open case or structure made for admitting,
inclosing, or supporting things, as that which incloses or contains a
window, door, picture, etc.; that on which anything is held or
• (n.) The skeleton structure which supports the boiler and
machinery of a locomotive upon its wheels.
• (n.) A molding box or flask, which being filled with sand serves
as a mold for castings.
• (n.) The ribs and stretchers of an umbrella or other structure
with a fabric covering.
• (n.) A structure of four bars, adjustable in size, on which
cloth, etc., is stretched for quilting, embroidery, etc.
• (n.) A glazed portable structure for protecting young plants from
• (n.) A stand to support the type cases for use by the compositor.
• (n.) A term applied, especially in England, to certain machines
built upon or within framework; as, a stocking frame; lace frame;
spinning frame, etc.
• (n.) Form; shape; proportion; scheme; structure; constitution;
system; as, a frameof government.
• (n.) Particular state or disposition, as of the mind; humor;
temper; mood; as, to be always in a happy frame.
• (n.) Contrivance; the act of devising or scheming.