Base vs Frame - What's the difference?

base | frame |

As an acronym base

is b'''uilding'', '''''a'''ntenna-tower'', '''''s'''pan'', '''''e arth .

As a noun frame is

frame, division of time on a multimedia timeline.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Etymology 1

From (etyl) base, from (etyl) basis, from (etyl) .


(en noun)
  • Something from which other things extend; a foundation.
  • # A supporting, lower or bottom component of a structure or object.
  • #* {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=14 citation , passage=Nanny Broome was looking up at the outer wall. Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime. Their bases were on a level with the pavement outside, a narrow way which was several feet lower than the road behind the house.}}
  • The starting point of a logical deduction or thought; basis.
  • A permanent structure for housing military personnel and material.
  • The place where decisions for an organization are made; headquarters.
  • (cooking, painting, pharmacy) A basic but essential component or ingredient.
  • A substance used as a mordant in dyeing.
  • (Ure)
  • (lb) Foundation: a cosmetic cream to make the face appear uniform.
  • (chemistry) Any of a class of generally water-soluble compounds, having bitter taste, that turn red litmus blue, and react with acids to form salts.
  • Important areas in games and sports.
  • # A safe zone in the children's games of tag and hide-and-go-seek.
  • # (baseball) One of the three places that a runner can stand without being subject to being tagged out.
  • (architecture) The lowermost part of a column, between the shaft and the pedestal or pavement.
  • (biology, biochemistry) A nucleotide's nucleobase in the context of a DNA or RNA biopolymer.
  • (botany) The end of a leaf, petal or similar organ where it is attached to its support.
  • (electronics) The name of the controlling terminal of a bipolar transistor (BJT).
  • (geometry) The lowest side of a in a triangle or other polygon, or the lowest face of a cone, pyramid or other polyhedron laid flat.
  • (heraldiccharge) The lowest third of a shield or escutcheon.
  • (mathematics) A number raised to the power of an exponent.
  • The logarithm to base 2 of 8 is 3.
  • (mathematics) Alternative to radix.
  • (topology) The set of sets from which a topology is generated.
  • (topology) A topological space, looked at in relation to one of its covering spaces, fibrations, or bundles.
  • (cheerleading) A cheerleader who stays on the ground.
  • (linguistics) A morpheme (or morphemes) that serves as a basic foundation on which affixes can be attached.
  • (music)
  • * Dryden
  • The trebles squeak for fear, the bases roar.
  • (military, historical) The smallest kind of cannon.
  • (heraldry) The lower part of the field. See escutcheon.
  • The housing of a horse.
  • (historical, in the plural) A kind of skirt (often of velvet or brocade, but sometimes of mailed armour) which hung from the middle to about the knees, or lower.
  • (obsolete) The lower part of a robe or petticoat.
  • (obsolete) An apron.
  • * Marston
  • bakers in their linen bases
  • A line in a survey which, being accurately determined in length and position, serves as the origin from which to compute the distances and positions of any points or objects connected with it by a system of triangles.
  • (Lyman)
    * (chemical compound that will neutralize an acid) alkali
    * (chemical compound that will neutralize an acid) acid * (end of a leaf) apex
    Derived terms
    * air base * base bag * baseball * baseband * baseboard * base box * base-burner * base camp * base censor * base coat * base color/base colour * base course * base exchange * base hospital * baseless * baselevel * baseline * basely * base load * baseman * basement * base molding/base moulding * base out * base over apex * baseperson * baseplate * base-player * base-playing * base point * base port * base radio * base rate * base ring * baserunner/base runner * base-running/baserunning * base ship * base shoot * base squadron * base station * base-stealer * base-stealing * base substitution * base table * base unit * base wallah * basewoman * counterbase * cover one's bases * database * debase * first base * freebase * home base * knowledge base * leuco-base * make first base * moonbase * off base * on base * power base * prisoner's base, prisoners' base * second base * subbase * surbase * third base * wheelbase


  • To give as its foundation or starting point; to lay the foundation of.
  • *
  • Firstly, I continue to base most species treatments on personally collected material, rather than on herbarium plants.
  • To be located (at a particular place).
  • Derived terms
    * -based * base on

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) bas, from .


  • (obsolete) Low in height; short.
  • base shrubs
  • Low in place or position.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (obsolete) Of low value or degree.
  • * , II.3:
  • If thou livest in paine and sorrow, thy base courage is the cause of it, To die there wanteth but will.
  • (archaic) Of low social standing or rank; vulgar, common.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • a pleasant and base swain
  • Morally reprehensible, immoral; cowardly.
  • * Robynson (More's Utopia)
  • a cruel act of a base and a cowardish mind
  • * Milton
  • base ingratitude
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=1 citation , passage=“Mrs. Yule's chagrin and horror at what she called her son's base ingratitude knew no bounds ; at first it was even thought that she would never get over it.
  • Inferior; unworthy, of poor quality.
  • Designating those metals which are not classed as (precious) or (noble).
  • Alloyed with inferior metal; debased.
  • base''' coin;  '''base bullion
  • (obsolete) Of illegitimate birth; bastard.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Why bastard? wherefore base ?
  • Not classical or correct.
  • base Latin
  • the base tone of a violin
  • (legal) Not held by honourable service.
  • A base''' estate is one held by services not honourable, or held by villenage. Such a tenure is called '''base''', or low, and the tenant is a '''base tenant.
    Usage notes
    * Said of fellows, motives, occupations, etc.
    * bad, vile, malicious, destructive, reprehensible, knavish, evil
    * likeable * desirable * admirable * noble
    Derived terms
    * base-born * base-bred * base coin * base estate * base fee * basely * base metal * base-minded * baseness * base-spirited * base tenant * base tenure * base-witted

    Etymology 3

    Probably a specific use of Etymology 1, above; perhaps also a development of the plural of (bar).


  • * Shakespeare
  • to run the country base
  • * 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , V.8:
  • So ran they all, as they had bene at bace , / They being chased that did others chase.

    Etymology 4

    Variant forms.


    (Acronym) (head)
  • Derived terms
    * base jumper * base jumping

    See also

    * (wikipedia "base") *


    * * 1000 English basic words ----




  • (obsolete) To strengthen; refresh; support.
  • At last, with creeping crooked pace forth came / An old, old man, with beard as white as snow, / That on a staffe his feeble steps did frame . ? Spenser.
  • (obsolete) To execute; perform.
  • The silken tackle / Swell with the touches of those flower-soft hands / That yarely frame the office. ? Shakespeare.
  • (obsolete) To cause; to bring about; to produce.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Fear frames disorder, and disorder wounds.
  • (obsolete) To profit; avail.
  • (obsolete) To fit; accord.
  • When thou hast turned them all ways, and done thy best to hew them and to make them frame , thou must be fain to cast them out. ? Tyndale.
  • (obsolete) To succeed in doing or trying to do something; manage.
  • To fit, as for a specific end or purpose; make suitable or comfortable; adapt; adjust.
  • * John Lyly
  • I will hereafter frame myself to be coy.
  • * Shakespeare
  • frame my face to all occasions
  • * Landor
  • We may in some measure frame our minds for the reception of happiness.
  • * I. Taylor
  • The human mind is framed to be influenced.
  • To construct by fitting or uniting together various parts; fabricate by union of constituent parts.
  • To bring or put into form or order; adjust the parts or elements of; compose; contrive; plan; devise.
  • * Sir Philip Sidney
  • He began to frame the loveliest countenance he could.
  • * I. Watts
  • How many excellent reasonings are framed in the mind of a man of wisdom and study in a length of years.
  • Of a constructed object such as a building, to put together the structural elements.
  • Once we finish framing the house, we'll hang tin on the roof.
  • Of a picture such as a painting or photograph, to place inside a decorative border.
  • To position visually within a fixed boundary.
  • The director frames the fishing scene very well.
  • To construct in words so as to establish a context for understanding or interpretation.
  • How would you frame your accomplishments?
    The way the opposition has framed the argument makes it hard for us to win.
  • (criminology) Conspire to incriminate falsely a presumably innocent person.
  • The gun had obviously been placed in her car in an effort to frame her.
  • (intransitive, dialectal, mining) To wash ore with the aid of a frame.
  • (dialectal) To move.
  • An oath, and a threat to set Throttler on me if I did not frame off, rewarded my perseverance. ? E. Brontë.
  • (obsolete) To proceed; to go.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The beauty of this sinful dame / Made many princes thither frame .


    * (conspire to incriminate) fit up

    Derived terms

    * beframe * enframe * framable, frameable * inframe * outframe * unframe


    (en noun)
  • The structural elements of a building or other constructed object.
  • Anything composed of parts fitted and united together; a fabric; a structure.
  • * Milton
  • These are thy glorious works, Parent of good, / Almighty! thine this universal frame .
  • The structure of a person's body.
  • A rigid, generally rectangular mounting for paper, canvas or other flexible material.
  • * , chapter=10
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=He looked round the poor room, at the distempered walls, and the bad engravings in meretricious frames , the crinkly paper and wax flowers on the chiffonier; and he thought of a room like Father Bryan's, with panelling, with cut glass, with tulips in silver pots, such a room as he had hoped to have for his own.}}
  • A piece of photographic film containing an image.
  • * 12 July 2012 , Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • Jokes are recycled so frequently, it’s as if comedy writing was eating a hole in the ozone layer: If the audience had a nickel for every time a character on one side of the frame says something could never happen as it simultaneously happens on the other side of the frame , they’d have enough to pay the surcharge for the movie’s badly implemented 3-D.
  • A context for understanding or interpretation.
  • (snooker) A complete game of snooker, from break-off until all the balls (or as many as necessary to win) have been potted.
  • (networking) An independent chunk of data sent over a network.
  • (bowling) A set of balls whose results are added together for scoring purposes. Usually two balls, but only one ball in the case of a strike, and three balls in the case of a strike or a spare in the last frame of a game.
  • (philately) The outer decorated portion of a stamp's image, often repeated on several issues although the inner picture may change.
  • (film, animation) A division of time on a multimedia timeline, such as 1/30th of a second.
  • (Internet) An individually scrollable region of a webpage.
  • (baseball, slang) An inning.
  • (engineering, dated, mostly, UK) Any of certain machines built upon or within framework.
  • a stocking frame'''; a lace '''frame'''; a spinning '''frame
  • frame of mind; disposition
  • to be always in a happy frame
  • Contrivance; the act of devising or scheming.
  • * Shakespeare
  • John the bastard / Whose spirits toil in frame of villainies.
  • A stage or level of a video game.
  • * 1982 , Gilsoft International, Mongoose (video game instructions) []
  • When you play the game it will draw a set pattern depending on the frame you are on, with random additions to the pattern, to give a different orchard each time.


    * {{quote-book , passage=...It regulates and governs the Passions of the Mind, and brings them into due moderation and frame ... , page=17 , title=An Account of the Growth of Deism in England , author=William Stephens , year=1696}}

    Derived terms

    * frame ball * frame house * frame in * frame of mind * frame of reference * frameset * frame story * frame up * framework * framing hammer * framing square * inertial frame of reference * freeze frame * subframe * time frame * window frame ----