A web browser that supports frames is currently required to view the Oxford English Dictionary. The frames used on the site are as follows:
Find Word frame
This frame contains the input box used to search the Dictionary's list of headwords and subordinate entries.
When an entry is displayed, this frame contains the headword and part of speech of the entry, as well as links back to the results list, to the previous and next entries in the results list, to the previous and next matches in the entry, and to an earlier or later version of the entry. (Not all links may be available, depending on the entry and on the number of results retrieved by the search.)
When a results list is displayed, this frame shows the number of results and the number displayed, along with options for changing the number of results displayed per page.
This frame contains the body of an entry. It is also used for lists of search results and for the Advanced search form.
This frame is used for the simple Full Text search form, for alphabetical and chronological lists of entries adjacent to the entry currently displayed in the Main frame, and for a map of the current entry, linking to each numbered sense.
This frame contains tool buttons used to alter the contents of the Side frame, to display the Advanced search form, to display a print preview of an entry or results list, to mail a free link to an entry, to bring up the Help text, and to sign out of OED Online.