Part of speech: noun

A skeleton structure as a support or enclosure; plan; outline.

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Usage examples "framework":

  1. How gentle and wise he was, hundreds could testify from personal knowledge, and I too could perhaps say something- I will only, however, give here the outward framework of Abdul Baha's life, and of his apostolic journeys, with the help of my friend Lotfullah. - "The Reconciliation of Races and Religions", Thomas Kelly Cheyne.
  2. Soon, however, she was able to make out the simple furnishings: a low bed, formed by hairy pelts on a wooden framework; a low bench; a stand, upon which were a large clay bowl and a length of clean, rough cloth; and, on the floor, a soft rug of some woven material unfamiliar to the cave- girl. - "Warrior of the Dawn", Howard Carleton Browne.
  3. As fully three- fourths of the area of their exterior framework consists of windows, an abundance of daylight is secured. - "Edison, His Life and Inventions", Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin.