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Frame, subst. 1) fabric, structure: “the f. and huge foundation of the earth shaked,” H4A III, 1, 16. “let the f. of things disjoint,” Mcb. III, 2, 16. “this goodly f., the earth,” Hml. II, 2, 310. that f. (viz the gallows-maker's) “outlives a thousand tenants,” V, 1, 49. “wrenched my f. of nature from the fixed place,” Lr. I, 4, 290.
2) a case or structure to enclose and support a picture: my body is the f. wherein 'tis held (viz the picture) Sonn. 24, 3.
3) a mould for castings: “the very mould and f. of hand, nail, finger,” Wint. II, 3, 103. Figuratively: chid I for that a frugal nature's f. (viz for having but one child) Ado IV, 1, 130 (== did I grumble against the niggardness of nature's casting-mould?).
4) shape, form: “this composed wonder of your f.” Sonn. 59, 10. “faults may shake our --s,” Meas. II, 4, 133; cf. Oth. V, 2, 44. Meas. V, 61. All's IV, 2, 4. Tw. I, 1, 33. H4B III, 2, 155. H6A II, 3, 54. Tim. I, 1, 69. out of f. == out of shape, disordered: LLL III, 193. Hml. I, 2, 20. “put your discourse into some f.” III, 2, 321.
5) contrivance, devising, scheming: “whose spirits toil in f. of villanies,” Ado IV, 1, 191.
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