Meaning of frame of reference in English:

frame of reference

noun

  • 1A set of criteria or stated values in relation to which measurements or judgements can be made.

    ‘the observer interprets what he sees in terms of his own cultural frame of reference’
    • ‘Concepts of work in Third World nations were, in the first instance, determined by their own unique cultural frames of reference.’
    • ‘The book enacts its communicative efficacy, sometimes at so high a pitch that a gentle reader might seek relief from its relentless demand on visual and verbal and cultural frames of reference - or for a bit of toning down.’
    • ‘There was assumption of common cultural and academic frames of reference.’
    • ‘Even if the cast entered this production without a cultural frame of reference, their performances prove that emotions are universal.’
    • ‘Yet her cultural frame of reference is also much broader, as the art satisfies the senses of a panchromatic, culturally diverse audience.’
    • ‘Conclusions are based on the respective frame of reference, resulting in continuous polarization of the debate.’
    • ‘This provided the frame of reference for determining what range of resupply times is probable in future contingencies.’
    • ‘They do not depends on one's frame of reference, or culture, or the colour of your eyes.’
    • ‘The intervention was offered by us in an open inviting way, reflecting sincere interest in the patient's story and following the patient's frame of reference.’
    • ‘This would mean that all motion is relative motion - motion relative to some material object or other which can be taken to determine a frame of reference.’
    • ‘Because they are children, they have no criteria for behavior, no comparison, no frame of reference.’
    • ‘Cultural diversity has increasingly led to the loss of common frames of reference.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the education minister said it was proposed that the protocol becomes a frame of reference for other recruiting countries outside of the Commonwealth.’
    • ‘I include this in the hope that it will provide a frame of reference for those who are inclined to dismiss any of my prior examples as inappropriate uses of rhetoric.’
    • ‘She joked about their Jewish frame of reference but could not disguise her deep cultural pride.’
    • ‘For example, the results of this study indicate that each of two discourse regimes was determined at least in part by individuals' ideological frames of reference and dissimilar semiotic processes.’
    • ‘This investigation unpacks the frames of reference and modes of identification that cultivate preferences and expectations in regard to age, gender, and romance in screen cultures by way of a paradigmatic case.’
    • ‘In fact, there are frames of reference that cannot be disregarded, such as the rule of law, international legitimacy, acquired rights, human and cultural values, etc.’
    • ‘Actually, that's quite easy to dispute, though I suppose it would quickly lead to an argument about frames of reference.’
    • ‘These stories reveal as much about the personal frames of reference of the tale-teller as they do about anything else.’
    1. 1.1A system of geometric axes in relation to which measurements of size, position, or motion can be made.
      • ‘This trophy, made of Waterford Crystal and in the shape of a snooker frame triangle, is a new one because the previous cup was sponsored by a tobacco company and their link with sport ended two seasons ago.’
      • ‘If, however, you are using the basic triangular frame, you should place it over the reds as earlier described, and lift the frame slightly off the cloth and carefully move them toward the pink spot.’
      • ‘They began going through the motions of playing snooker, putting the balls in the frame, going off, potting the colours, snookering each other and marking the scores.’

Pronunciation

frame of reference

/ˌfreɪm əv ˈrɛf(ə)r(ə)ns/