framework

[freym-wurk]
noun
1.
a skeletal structure designed to support or enclose something.
2.
a frame or structure composed of parts fitted and joined together.
3.
the construction or sale of frames.
4.
work done in, on, or with a frame.

Origin:
1635–45; frame + work

underframework, noun
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framework (ˈfreɪmˌwɜːk)
 
n
1.  a structural plan or basis of a project
2.  a structure or frame supporting or containing something
3.  frames collectively
4.  work such as embroidery or weaving done in or on a frame

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Word Origin & History

framework
1640s, from frame + work (n.). Figurative sense is from 1816.
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Computing Dictionary

framework definition


In object-oriented systems, a set of classes that embodies an abstract design for solutions to a number of related problems.
(1995-01-30)

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Example sentences
Provides supervision with a broad framework of standard policies and procedures.
More important question would be does your moral framework come from you or an
  absolute truth.
Most evergreen shrubs and some deciduous ones form a permanent framework of
  branches.
We've got the scientific structure and framework incorrect.
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