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