framework-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: a system of concepts, beliefs, theoretical underpinning

Commentary: FRAMEWORK[+entity][+abstract][+system][+concept][+doctrine/+theory/+custom]

The idea of private property falls within the framework of the constitution.
They are examining the theoretical framework of political sociology.
Students debated whether the Bush Doctrine extended the framework established by the Monroe Doctrine.
The Planck constant is essential to the framework of modern quantum theory.
Women play a circumscribed family role within the framework of their society.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: an underlying, supporting physical structure

Commentary: FRAMEWORK[+entity][+physical][+structure][+underlying][+supporting][+building/+stage/+vehicle/+body]

The framework of the building may have been damaged by the fire.
The framework of the car's chassis was designed to give passenger comfort.
Workers quickly erected the framework for the outdoor stage.
The spinal column is a central piece of a vertebrate's anatomical framework.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3