To build by putting together the structural parts of; construct: frame a house. To conceive or design: framed an alternate proposal. To arrange or adjust for a purpose: The question was framed to draw only one answer. To put into words; formulate: frame a reply. To form (words) silently with the lips. To enclose in or as if in a frame: frame a painting. Informal To make up evidence or contrive events so as to incriminate (a person) falsely. Informal To prearrange (a contest) so as to ensure a desired fraudulent outcome; fix: frame a prizefight. Archaic To go; proceed. Obsolete To manage; contrive. Something composed of parts fitted and joined together. A structure that gives shape or support: the frame of a house. An open structure or rim for encasing, holding, or bordering: a window frame; the frame of a mirror. A closed, often rectangular border of drawn or printed lines. A pair of eyeglasses, excluding the lenses. Often used in the plural: had new lenses fitted into an old pair of frames. The structure of a human or animal body; physique: a worker's sturdy frame. A cold frame. A general structure or system: the frame of government. A general state or condition: The news put me into a better frame of mind. A frame of reference. Sports & Games A round or period of play in some games, such as bowling and billiards. Baseball Sports & Games An inning. A single picture on a roll of movie film or videotape. The total area of a complete picture in television broadcasting. An individual drawing within a comic strip.