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frame of reference

noun, plural frames of reference.
a structure of concepts, values, customs, views, etc., by means of which an individual or group perceives or evaluates data, communicates ideas, and regulates behavior.
Also called reference frame. Physics. a framework that is used for the observation and mathematical description of physical phenomena and the formulation of physical laws, usually consisting of an observer, a coordinate system, and a clock or clocks assigning times at positions with respect to the coordinate system.
1895-1900 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for frame of reference

frame of reference

a set of basic assumptions or standards that determines and sanctions behaviour
any set of planes or curves, such as the three coordinate axes, used to locate or measure movement of a point in space
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frame of reference in Science
frame of reference
See reference frame.
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