framework /ˈfreɪmˌwɚk/  noun

1 . the basic structure of something

  • These influences threaten the very framework of our society.

2. a set of ideas or facts that provide support for something

  • The book provides a general framework for understanding modern politics.
  • He questions the study’s theoretical framework.

3 . a supporting structure : a structural frame

  • An iron framework surrounds the sculpture.