Frame vs Wipe - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between frame and wipe

is that frame is (obsolete) to strengthen; refresh; support while wipe is to move an object over, maintaining contact, with the intention of removing some substance from the surface (cf rub).

As nouns the difference between frame and wipe

is that frame is the structural elements of a building or other constructed object while wipe is a soft piece of cloth or cloth-like material used for wiping.




  • (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 ----



    (wikipedia wipe)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) . More at (l), (l).


  • To move an object over, maintaining contact, with the intention of removing some substance from the surface. (cf. rub)
  • Melissa wiped her glasses with her shirt.
    I wiped the sweat from my brow with the back of my hand.
    Tom started to wipe his eyes.
  • * 1900 , , (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
  • So they passed through the Palace Gates and were led into a big room with a green carpet and lovely green furniture set with emeralds. The soldier made them all wipe their feet upon a green mat before entering this room, and when they were seated he said politely
  • To remove by rubbing; to rub off; to obliterate; usually followed by away'', ''off'', or ''out .
  • * (rfdate) Milton
  • Some natural tears they dropped, but wiped them soon.
  • (obsolete) To cheat; to defraud; to trick; usually followed by out .
  • (Spenser)
  • * (rfdate) Robynson (More's Utopia)
  • If they by coveyne [covin] or gile be wiped beside their goods.
  • (computing) To erase.
  • I accidentally wiped my hard drive.
  • (plumbing) To make (a joint, as between pieces of lead pipe), by surrounding the junction with a mass of solder, applied in a plastic condition by means of a rag with which the solder is shaped by rubbing.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act of wiping something.
  • multiple wipes of a computer's hard disk
  • A soft piece of cloth or cloth-like material used for wiping.
  • A kind of film transition where one shot replaces another by travelling from one side of the frame to another or with a special shape.
  • Derived terms

    * asswipe * baby wipe * wet wipe * wipe away * wipe off * wipe out * wipeout * wipe somebody's eye * wipe the floor * wipe the slate clean * wiper

    Etymology 2

    Compare (etyl) (m), (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • The lapwing.