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Dictionary Definition



1 a simplified description of a complex entity or process; "the computer program was based on a model of the circulatory and respiratory systems" [syn: model, theoretical account]
2 the underlying structure; "restoring the framework of the bombed building"; "it is part of the fabric of society" [syn: fabric]
3 a structure supporting or containing something [syn: frame, framing]

User Contributed Dictionary



frame + work


  • (UK) /ˈfɹeɪmwɜːk/, /"freImw3:k/
  • (US) /ˈfɹeɪmwɝk/, /"freImw3`k/


  1. The arrangement of support beams that represent a buildings general shape and size.
  2. The larger branches of a tree that determine its shape.
  3. A basic conceptual structure.
    These ‘three principles of connexion’ comprise the framework of principles in Hume's account of the association of ideas.

Related terms


a basic conceptual structure
  • French: structure
  • Portuguese: infra-estrutura
  • Spanish: infraestructura

Extensive Definition

A framework is a basic conceptual structure used to solve or address complex issues. This very broad definition has allowed the term to be used as a buzzword, especially in a software context.

Conceptual framework

A conceptual framework is used in research to outline possible courses of action or to present a preferred approach to an idea or thought... this

Software framework

A software framework is a re-usable design for a software system (or subsystem). A software framework may include support programs, code libraries, a scripting language, or other software to help develop and glue together the different components of a software project. Various parts of the framework may be exposed through an API.

Office suite

Framework, launched in 1984, was the first office suite to run on the original IBM PC under the MS-DOS operating system.


The word framework is used as a buzzword, in a variety of contexts. For example, the Java collections framework is not a software framework, but a library.
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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