Frame of reference

Frame of reference
Frame of reference Frame of reference, n. 1. an arbitrary set of spatial coordinates used to describe the position or motion of objects. The coordinates may be fixed or moving; as, a rotating frame of reference. [PJC]

2. a set of assumptions or conditions that are used to discuss or understand something; as, a religious frame of reference. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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