(redirected from theoretical framework)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.


1. A structure for supporting or enclosing something else, especially a skeletal support used as the basis for something being constructed.
2. An external work platform; a scaffold.
3. A fundamental structure, as for a written work.
4. A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality.


1. a structural plan or basis of a project
2. a structure or frame supporting or containing something
3. frames collectively
4. (Knitting & Sewing) work such as embroidery or weaving done in or on a frame



1. a skeletal structure designed to support or enclose something.
2. a frame or structure composed of parts fitted together.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.framework - a hypothetical description of a complex entity or processframework - a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process; "the computer program was based on a model of the circulatory and respiratory systems"
computer simulation, simulation - (computer science) the technique of representing the real world by a computer program; "a simulation should imitate the internal processes and not merely the results of the thing being simulated"
hypothesis, theory, possibility - a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena; "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"
mean sun - a theoretical sun that moves along the celestial equator at a constant speed and completes its annual course in the same amount of time the real sun takes at variable speeds
Copernican system - (astronomy) Copernicus' astronomical model in which the Earth rotates around the sun
Ptolemaic system - (astronomy) Ptolemy's model of the universe with the Earth at the center
M-theory - (particle physics) a theory that involves an eleven-dimensional universe in which the weak and strong forces and gravity are unified and to which all the string theories belong
string theory - (particle physics) a theory that postulates that subatomic particles are one-dimensional strings
stochastic process - a statistical process involving a number of random variables depending on a variable parameter (which is usually time)
2.framework - the underlying structure; "providing a factual framework for future research"; "it is part of the fabric of society"
structure - the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts; "artists must study the structure of the human body"; "the structure of the benzene molecule"
3.framework - a structure supporting or containing something
airframe - the framework and covering of an airplane or rocket (excluding the engines)
arbour, bower, pergola, arbor - a framework that supports climbing plants; "the arbor provided a shady resting place in the park"
backing, mount - something forming a back that is added for strengthening
bracing, brace - a structural member used to stiffen a framework
bustle - a framework worn at the back below the waist for giving fullness to a woman's skirt
casing, case - the enclosing frame around a door or window opening; "the casings had rotted away and had to be replaced"
climbing frame - a framework of bars or logs for children to climb on
clotheshorse - a framework on which to hang clothes (as for drying)
coaming - a raised framework around a hatchway on a ship to keep water out
cornice, pelmet, valance, valance board - a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing
deckle - (paper making) a frame used to form paper pulp into sheets
derrick - a framework erected over an oil well to allow drill tubes to be raised and lowered
doorcase, doorframe - the frame that supports a door
cowcatcher, fender, buffer, pilot - an inclined metal frame at the front of a locomotive to clear the track
framing, frame - a framework that supports and protects a picture or a mirror; "the frame enhances but is not itself the subject of attention"; "the frame was much more valuable than the miror it held"
frame - the framework for a pair of eyeglasses
gantry, gauntry - a framework of steel bars raised on side supports to bridge over or around something; can display railway signals above several tracks or can support a traveling crane etc.
grate, grating - a frame of iron bars to hold a fire
grill, grillwork, grille - a framework of metal bars used as a partition or a grate; "he cooked hamburgers on the grill"
gun carriage - a framework on which a gun is mounted for firing
handbarrow - a rectangular frame with handles at both ends; carried by two people
hayrig, hayrack - a frame attached to a wagon to increase the amount of hay it can carry
honeycomb - a framework of hexagonal cells resembling the honeycomb built by bees
fretwork, latticework, lattice - framework consisting of an ornamental design made of strips of wood or metal
mounting - framework used for support or display
oxbow - a wooden framework bent in the shape of a U; its upper ends are attached to the horizontal yoke and the loop goes around the neck of an ox
picture frame - a framework in which a picture is mounted
rack - framework for holding objects
ribbing - a framework of ribs
sash, window sash - a framework that holds the panes of a window in the window frame
sawbuck, sawhorse, buck, horse - a framework for holding wood that is being sawed
stocks - a frame for constraining an animal while it is receiving veterinary attention or while being shod
stocks - a frame that supports a boat while it is under construction
stretcher - a wooden framework on which canvas is stretched and fixed for oil painting
supporting structure - a structure that serves to support something
embroidery frame, embroidery hoop, tambour - a frame made of two hoops; used for embroidering
tenter - a framework with hooks used for stretching and drying cloth
truss - a framework of beams (rafters, posts, struts) forming a rigid structure that supports a roof or bridge or other structure
undercarriage - framework that serves as a support for the body of a vehicle
baby-walker, go-cart, walker - an enclosing framework on casters or wheels; helps babies learn to walk
Zimmer, Zimmer frame, walker - a light enclosing framework (trade name Zimmer) with rubber castors or wheels and handles; helps invalids or the handicapped or the aged to walk
wattle - framework consisting of stakes interwoven with branches to form a fence
window - a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air
window frame - the framework that supports a window


1. system, plan, order, scheme, arrangement, fabric, schema, frame of reference, the bare bones within the framework of federal regulations
2. structure, body, frame, foundation, shell, fabric, skeleton wooden shelves on a steel framework
إطار عَمَل
konstrukcekostrasoustavasystémaplikační rámec


A. N
1. (lit) → armazón m or f, estructura f
2. (fig) [of essay, society] → marco m
within the framework of the constitutiondentro del marco de la constitución
B. CPD framework agreement N (Ind, Pol) → acuerdo m marco


[ˈfreɪmwɜːrk] n
(metal, wooden)structure f
(ideological)cadre m
a theoretical framework → une base théorique
a regulatory framework → un ensemble de règlesframework agreement naccord-cadre m


[ˈfreɪmˌwɜːk] n (also) (fig) → struttura


(freim) noun
1. a hard main structure round which something is built or made. the steel frame of the aircraft.
2. something made to enclose something. a picture-frame; a window-frame.
3. the human body. He has a slight frame.
1. to put a frame around. to frame a picture.
2. to act as a frame for. Her hair framed her face.
3. to arrange false evidence so as to make (someone) seem guilty of a crime etc (noun ˈframe-up).
ˈframework noun
the basic supporting structure of anything. The building will be made of concrete on a steel framework.
frame of mind
mental state. He is in a strange frame of mind.
References in periodicals archive ?
We will not get into a detailed description of the great debates in this research and the purpose of making reference to the debates is that we can, in very basic terms, see how constructivism as a theoretical framework evolved in relation to the major theoretical divides in IR.
In this essay, we will respond to Guzy's central tenet that there is a difference between gifted and honors students, using the theoretical framework and structure of UConn Honors for examples.
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, have together created a new theoretical framework which could help physicists and device engineers design better optoelectronics, leading to less heat generation and power consumption in electronic devices which source, detect and control light.
This book presents details of cloud microphysical processes in an in-depth theoretical framework. The development of equations begins with the basic governing laws of thermodynamics and the properties of water to provide the foundation upon which the authors develop their analytical models.
McDonald and his colleagues worked out a theoretical framework that relies on two anti-cooling mechanisms.
Culture and social transformations; theoretical framework and Chinese context.
The Community-First Land-Centred Theoretical Framework: Bringing a 'Good Mind' to Indigenous Education Research?
The accounting was blamed for not having the rules and standards and their negligence in accounting information disclosure emphasized on the formulation of theoretical framework. Also, by the increase of investment in stock exchange market, the demand for standard procedures was increased by the decision makers and users.
The first part of chapter 1 includes a theoretical framework. Working within a postmodern understanding of the notion of identity, Gerin-Lajoie views identity as complex, fluid, and influenced by the power relations in which social practices take place.
The authors first introduce different approaches to security by certain theoretical schools and come up with their own theoretical framework. Since the authors reject the state being a black box, they put aside the rational actor model in their research.
Therefore, this study seeks to provide an alternative theoretical framework to investigate motivation to learn for older adult learners in Taiwan.

Full browser ?