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I have asked this same question on Yahoo! Answers before, but I didn't quite understand the meaning of it. The phrase is used like so: "See how the author framed his argument?; What is he doing up there? Just framing, just framing"

This is such an odd phrase, but my English teacher uses it all the time.

I am more mathematical and logical, so please try to explain it as such.

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    To frame :To arrange or adjust for a purpose: The question was framed to draw only one answer. thefreedictionary.com/Frame – user66974 Jul 21 '14 at 18:28
  • Short answer: it means 'establishing backstory and context'. A "framing shot" in a movie is the image intended to be carried forward into the story. In math, think of it as establishing boundary conditions and setting parameters for solving a system of PDEs with several thousand variables. – John Lawler Jul 21 '14 at 18:29
  • OED s.v. frame v. says nothing about argument as direct object. Reference could be either to the manipulation of frames in the cognitive scientists' sense, or to overall argument design--a metaphor from house-building--perhaps as summarized in advance in the partitio or divisio section of the classical oration. Can general reference cover all that? – Brian Donovan Jul 21 '14 at 19:23
  • @Brian Donovan- I agree this is not a general reference question. My teacher also did use the analogy of framing a house, but that didn't help, nor do I have a good idea of what that means. – user85763 Jul 24 '14 at 1:51
  • @Josh61- Helpful, but I think I would do better with more examples. – user85763 Jul 24 '14 at 1:55

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