Cant frames
Frame Frame, n. 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

These are thy glorious works, Parent of good, Almighty! thine this universal frame. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. The bodily structure; physical constitution; make or build of a person. [1913 Webster]

Some bloody passion shakes your very frame. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

No frames could be strong enough to endure it. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

3. 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 stretched; as: (a) The skeleton structure which supports the boiler and machinery of a locomotive upon its wheels. (b) (Founding) A molding box or flask, which being filled with sand serves as a mold for castings. (c) The ribs and stretchers of an umbrella or other structure with a fabric covering. (d) A structure of four bars, adjustable in size, on which cloth, etc., is stretched for quilting, embroidery, etc. (e) (Hort.) A glazed portable structure for protecting young plants from frost. (f) (Print.) A stand to support the type cases for use by the compositor. (f) a pair of glasses without the lenses; that part of a pair of glasses that excludes the lenses. [1913 Webster +PJC]

4. (Mach.) A term applied, especially in England, to certain machines built upon or within framework; as, a stocking frame; lace frame; spinning frame, etc. [1913 Webster]

5. Form; shape; proportion; scheme; structure; constitution; system; as, a frameof government. [1913 Webster]

She that hath a heart of that fine frame To pay this debt of love but to a brother. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Put your discourse into some frame. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. Particular state or disposition, as of the mind; humor; temper; mood; as, to be always in a happy frame. Same as {{frame of mind}} [1913 Webster +PJC]

7. Contrivance; the act of devising or scheming. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

John the bastard Whose spirits toil in frame of villainies. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

8. In games: (a) In pool, the triangular form used in setting up the balls; also, the balls as set up, or the round of playing required to pocket them all; as, to play six frames in a game of 50 points. (b) In bowling, as in tenpins, one of the several innings forming a game. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Balloon frame}, {Cant frames}, etc. See under {Balloon}, {Cant}, etc.

{Frame building} or {Frame house}, a building of which the form and support is made of framed timbers. [U.S.] -- {Frame level}, a mason's level.

{Frame saw}, a thin saw stretched in a frame to give it rigidity. [1913 Webster]


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  • Cant frames — Cant Cant, n. [OF., edge, angle, prof. from L. canthus the iron ring round a carriage wheel, a wheel, Gr. ? the corner of the eye, the felly of a wheel; cf. W. cant the stake or tire of a wheel. Cf. {Canthus}, {Canton}, {Cantle}.] 1. A corner;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cant frames — cant frames, the frames or ribs of a ship which are near the extremities, and are canted away from the perpendicular or straight line …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cant — Cant, n. [OF., edge, angle, prof. from L. canthus the iron ring round a carriage wheel, a wheel, Gr. ? the corner of the eye, the felly of a wheel; cf. W. cant the stake or tire of a wheel. Cf. {Canthus}, {Canton}, {Cantle}.] 1. A corner; angle;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cant timbers — Cant Cant, n. [OF., edge, angle, prof. from L. canthus the iron ring round a carriage wheel, a wheel, Gr. ? the corner of the eye, the felly of a wheel; cf. W. cant the stake or tire of a wheel. Cf. {Canthus}, {Canton}, {Cantle}.] 1. A corner;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cant body — noun Etymology: cant (II) : a part of the body of a ship in which the frames run obliquely to the keel to form the bow or stern compare square body * * * cant body, the portion of a vessel which contains the cant frames …   Useful english dictionary

  • cant over — verb heel over The tower is tilting The ceiling is slanting • Syn: ↑cant, ↑tilt, ↑slant, ↑pitch • Derivationally related forms: ↑pitch ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • cant frame — noun Etymology: cant (body) : the frame of the cant body of a ship * * * 1. any of several frames bracketed aft of the transom of a ship and inclined slightly to the fore and aft direction. 2. any transverse frame not perpendicular to the fore… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cant frame — 1. any of several frames bracketed aft of the transom of a ship and inclined slightly to the fore and aft direction. 2. any transverse frame not perpendicular to the fore and aft midship line. [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • Balloon frame — Frame Frame, n. 1. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frame — Frame, n. 1. 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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