fabric vs framework what difference

what is difference between fabric and framework


Alternative forms

  • fabrick (obsolete)


Borrowed from French fabrique, from Latin fabrica (a workshop, art, trade, product of art, structure, fabric), from faber (artisan, workman). Doublet of forge, borrowed from Old French.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfæb.ɹɪk/


fabric (countable and uncountable, plural fabrics)

  1. (now rare) An edifice or building.
    • |title=The Romance of the Forest|publisher=Oxford 1999|p=86|text=They withdrew from the gate, as if to depart, but he presently thought he heard them amongst the trees on the other side of the fabric, and soon became convinced that they had not left the abbey.}}
  2. (archaic) The act of constructing, construction, fabrication.
    • 1855, Henry Hart Milman, History of Latin Christianity[1]:
      Tithe was received by the bishop [] for the fabric of the churches for the poor.
  3. (archaic) The structure of anything, the manner in which the parts of a thing are united; workmanship, texture, make.
  4. The framework underlying a structure.
  5. A material made of fibers, a textile or cloth.
  6. (petrology) The appearance of crystalline grains in a rock.
  7. (computing) Interconnected nodes that look like a textile fabric when diagrammed.


  • See also Thesaurus:fabric


  • Irish: fabraic


See also

  • Appendix:Fabrics



  • IPA(key): [ˈfabrik]



  1. first-person singular present indicative/subjunctive of fabrica



From frame +‎ -work.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɹeɪm.wɜːk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfɹeɪm.wɝk/


framework (plural frameworks)

  1. (literally) A support structure comprising joined parts or conglomerated particles and intervening open spaces of similar or larger size.
  2. (literally) The arrangement of support beams that represent a building’s general shape and size.
  3. (figuratively) The larger branches of a tree that determine its shape.
  4. (figuratively) A basic conceptual structure.
    These ‘three principles of connexion’ compose the framework of principles in Hume’s account of the association of ideas.
  5. (software engineering) A reusable piece of code (and, sometimes, other utilities) providing a standard environment within which an application can be implemented.
    Hyponyms: architectural framework, entity framework, software framework
  6. (literally) The identification and categorisation of processes or steps that constitute a complex task or mindset in order to render explicit the tacit and implicit.

Derived terms

  • framework agreement


Further reading

  • framework on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

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