frame

{{11}}frame (n.) c.1200, "profit, benefit;" mid-13c. "composition, plan," from FRAME (Cf. frame) (v.) and from Scandinavian (Cf. O.N. frami "advancement"). In late 14c. it also meant "the rack." Meaning "building" is from early 15c.; that of "border or case for a picture or pane of glass" is from c.1600. Of bicycles, from 1871; of motor cars, from 1900. As an adj. (of buildings) meaning "made of wood" it is attested by 1790, Amer.Eng. Frame of mind is from 1711. Frame of reference is 1897, from mechanics and graphing; the figurative sense is attested from 1924.
{{12}}frame (v.) O.E. framian "to profit, be helpful, avail, benefit," from fram "active, vigorous, bold," originally "going forward," from fram "forward; from" (see FROM (Cf. from)). Influenced by related O.E. fremman "help forward, promote, further, do, perform, accomplish," and by O.N. fremja "to further, execute."
Sense focused in M.E. from "make ready" (mid-13c.) to "prepare timber for building" (late 14c.). Meaning "compose, devise" is first attested 1540s. The noun meaning "established order, plan" and that of "human body" are both first recorded 1590s. The criminal slang sense of "blame an innocent person" (1920s) is probably from earlier sense of "plot in secret" (1900), perhaps ultimately from meaning "fabricate a story with evil intent," first attested 1510s. Related: Framed; framing.

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