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frame of reference

n. pl. frames of reference
1. A set of coordinate axes in terms of which position or movement may be specified or with reference to which physical laws may be mathematically stated. Also called reference frame.
2. A set of ideas, as of philosophical or religious doctrine, in terms of which other ideas are interpreted or assigned meaning.

frame of reference

n
1. (Sociology) a set of basic assumptions or standards that determines and sanctions behaviour
2. (Mathematics) any set of planes or curves, such as the three coordinate axes, used to locate or measure movement of a point in space

frame′ of ref′erence



n., pl. frames of reference.
a structure of concepts, values, customs, or views by means of which an individual or group perceives or evaluates data, communicates ideas, and regulates behavior.
[1895–1900]
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Noun1.frame of reference - a system that uses coordinates to establish position
organization, arrangement, organisation, system - an organized structure for arranging or classifying; "he changed the arrangement of the topics"; "the facts were familiar but it was in the organization of them that he was original"; "he tried to understand their system of classification"
Cartesian coordinate system - a coordinate system for which the coordinates of a point are its distances from a set perpendicular lines that intersect at the origin of the system
coordinate axis - one of the fixed reference lines of a coordinate system
inertial frame, inertial reference frame - a coordinate system in which Newton's first law of motion is valid
space-time, space-time continuum - the four-dimensional coordinate system (3 dimensions of space and 1 of time) in which physical events are located
2.frame of reference - a system of assumptions and standards that sanction behavior and give it meaning
system of rules, system - a complex of methods or rules governing behavior; "they have to operate under a system they oppose"; "that language has a complex system for indicating gender"
vocabulary - the system of techniques or symbols serving as a means of expression (as in arts or crafts); "he introduced a wide vocabulary of techniques"

frame of reference

noun
The particular angle from which something is considered:
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frame of reference

n (Sociol) → sistema m di riferimento
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