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Webster 1913 Edition


Front

Front

(frŭnt)
,
Noun.
[F.
frant
forehead, L.
frons
,
frontis
; perh. akin to E.
brow
.]
1.
The forehead or brow, the part of the face above the eyes; sometimes, also, the whole face.
Bless’d with his father's
front
, his mother's tongue.
Pope.
Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled
front
.
Shakespeare
His
front
yet threatens, and his frowns command.
Prior.
With smiling
fronts
encountering.
Shakespeare
The inhabitants showed a bold
front
.
Macaulay.
3.
The part or surface of anything which seems to look out, or to be directed forward; the fore or forward part; the foremost rank; the van; – the opposite to back or rear;
as, the
front
of a house; the
front
of an army
.
Had he his hurts before?
Ay, on the
front
.
Shakespeare
4.
A position directly before the face of a person, or before the foremost part of a thing;
as, in
front
of un person, of the troops, or of a house
.
5.
The most conspicuous part.
The very head and
front
of my offending.
Shakespeare
6.
That which covers the foremost part of the head: a front piece of false hair worn by women.
Like any plain Miss Smith's, who wears s front.
Mrs. Browning.
7.
The beginning.
“Summer's front.”
Shak.
Bastioned front
(Mil.)
,
a curtain connerting two half bastions.
Front door
,
the door in the front wall of a building, usually the principal entrance.
Front of fortification
,
the works constructed upon any one side of a polygon.
Farrow.
Front of operations
,
all that part of the field of operations in front of the successive positions occupied by the army as it moves forward.
Farrow.
To come to the front
,
to attain prominence or leadership.

Front

,
Adj.
Of or relating to the front or forward part; having a position in front; foremost;
as, a
front
view
.

Front

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Fronted
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Fronting
.]
1.
To oppose face to face; to oppose directly; to meet in a hostile manner.
You four shall
front
them in the narrow lane.
Shakespeare
2.
To appear before; to meet.
[Enid] daily
fronted
him
In some fresh splendor.
Tennyson.
3.
To face toward; to have the front toward; to confront;
as, the house
fronts
the street
.
And then suddenly
front
the changed reality.
J. Morley.
4.
To stand opposed or opposite to, or over against as, his house fronts the church.
5.
To adorn in front; to supply a front to;
as, to
front
a house with marble; to
front
a head with laurel
.
Yonder walls, that pertly
front
your town.
Shakespeare

Front

,
Verb.
T.
To have or turn the face or front in any direction;
as, the house
fronts
toward the east
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Front

FRONT

,
Noun.
[L. frons, frontis; Gr. the nose.]
1.
Properly, the forehead, or part of the face above the eyes; hence, the whole face.
His front yet threatens, and his frowns command.
2.
The forehead or face, as expressive of the temper or disposition; as a fold front, equivalent to boldness or impudence. So a hardened front is shamelessness.
3.
The forepart of any thing; as the front of a house, the principal face or side.
4.
The forepart or van of an army or a body of troops.
5.
The part or place before the face, or opposed to it, or to the forepart of a thing. He stood in front of his troops. The road passes in front of his house.
6.
The most conspicuous part or particular.
7.
Impudence; as men of front.

FRONT

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To oppose face to face; to oppose directly.
I shall front thee, like some staring ghost, with all my wrongs about me.
2.
To stand opposed or opposite, or over against any thing; as, his house fronts the church.

FRONT

, v.i.
1.
To stand foremost.
2.
To have the face or front towards any point of compass.

Definition 2022


Front

Front

See also: front and Front.

German

Noun

Front f (genitive Front, plural Fronten)

  1. the front end or side of something.

front

front

See also: Front and Front.

English


Noun

front (plural fronts)

  1. The foremost side of something or the end that faces the direction it normally moves.
  2. The side of a building with the main entrance.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path []. It twisted and turned, [] and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights.
  3. A field of activity.
    • 2012 January 1, Stephen Ledoux, Behaviorism at 100”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 1, page 60:
      Becoming more aware of the progress that scientists have made on behavioral fronts can reduce the risk that other natural scientists will resort to mystical agential accounts when they exceed the limits of their own disciplinary training.
  4. A person or institution acting as the public face of some other, covert group.
    Officially it's a dry-cleaning shop, but everyone knows it's a front for the mafia.
  5. (meteorology) The interface or transition zone between two airmasses of different density, often resulting in precipitation. Since the temperature distribution is the most important regulator of atmospheric density, a front almost invariably separates airmasses of different temperature.
  6. (military) An area where armies are engaged in conflict, especially the line of contact.
  7. (military) The lateral space occupied by an element measured from the extremity of one flank to the extremity of the other flank.
  8. (military) The direction of the enemy.
  9. (military) When a combat situation does not exist or is not assumed, the direction toward which the command is faced.
  10. (obsolete) A major military subdivision of the Soviet Army.
  11. (informal) An act, show, façade, persona: an intentional and false impression of oneself.
    He says he likes hip-hop, but I think it's just a front.
    You don't need to put on a front. Just be yourself.
    • Shakespeare
      with smiling fronts encountering
    • Macaulay
      The inhabitants showed a bold front.
  12. (historical) That which covers the foremost part of the head: a front piece of false hair worn by women.
    • Elizabeth Browning
      like any plain Miss Smith's, who wears a front
  13. The most conspicuous part.
    • Shakespeare
      the very head and front of my offending
  14. (obsolete) The beginning.
    • Shakespeare
      summer's front
  15. (Britain) a seafront or coastal promenade.
  16. (obsolete) The forehead or brow, the part of the face above the eyes; sometimes, also, the whole face.
    • Alexander Pope
      Bless'd with his father's front, his mother's tongue.
    • Shakespeare
      Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled front.
    • Prior
      His front yet threatens, and his frowns command.
  17. (slang, hotels, dated) The bellhop whose turn it is to answer a client's call, which is often the word "front" used as an exclamation.

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Hyponyms

  • (The foremost side of something or the end that faces the direction it normally moves): (nautical) bow (of a ship)

Translations

Adjective

front (comparative further front, superlative furthest front)

  1. Located at or near the front.
    The front runner was thirty meters ahead of her nearest competitor.
    • 2001, Fritz Stern, Einstein's German World
      You also were in the furthest front line in order to help and learn and to study the conditions for using the gas process [Gasver-fahren] of every kind.
  2. (comparable, phonetics) Of a vowel pronounced near the tip of the tongue.

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Verb

front (third-person singular simple present fronts, present participle fronting, simple past and past participle fronted)

  1. (intransitive, dated) To face (on, to); to be pointed in a given direction.
    • 1726, Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, Part I, Chapter I
      The great gate fronting to the north was about four feet high, and almost two feet wide, through which I could easily creep.
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin, 2011, p.35:
      The door fronted on a narrow run, like a footbridge over a gully, that filled the gap between the house wall and the edge of the bank.
    • 1999, George RR Martin, A Clash of Kings, Bantam, 2011, p.312:
      They emerged atop the broad curving steps that fronted on the Street of the Sisters, near the foot of Visenya's Hill.
    • 2010, Ingrid D Rowland, "The Siege of Rome", New York Review of Books, Blog, 26 March:
      The palazzo has always fronted on a bus stopbut this putative man of the people has kindly put an end to that public service.
  2. (transitive) To face, be opposite to.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, Penguin, 1985, p.66:
      After saluting her, he led her to a couch that fronted us, where they both sat down, and the young Genoese helped her to a glass of wine, with some Naples biscuit on a salver.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice:
      [] down they ran into the dining-room, which fronted the lane, in quest of this wonder; it was two ladies stopping in a low phaeton at the garden gate.
    • 1913, DH Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Penguin, 2006, p.49:
      She sat on a seat under the alders in the cricket ground, and fronted the evening.
  3. (transitive) To face up to, to meet head-on, to confront.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821, II.6:
      those that have willed to attaine to some greater excellence, have not beene content, at home, and at rest to expect the rigors of fortune []; but have rather gone to meet and front her before, and witting-earnestly cast themselves to the triall of the hardest difficulties.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 2:
      What well-appointed leader fronts us here?
  4. (transitive) To adorn the front of; to put on the front.
    • 2001, Terry Goodkind, The Pillars of Creation, p.148:
      Three tiers of balconies fronted with roped columns supporting arched openings looked down on the marble hall.
  5. (phonetics, transitive, intransitive) To pronounce with the tongue in a front position.
    • 2005, Paul Skandera / Peter Burleigh, A Manual of English Phonetics and Phonology, p.48:
      The velar plosives are often fronted through the influence of a following front vowel, and retracted through the influence of a following back vowel.
  6. (linguistics, transitive) To move (a word or clause) to the start of a sentence.
  7. (intransitive, slang) To act as a front (for); to cover (for).
    • 2007, Harold Robbins, A Stone for Danny Fisher, p.183:
      Everybody knew Skopas fronted for the fight mob even though he was officially the arena manager.
  8. (transitive) To lead or be the spokesperson of (a campaign, organisation etc.).
    • 2009 September 1, Mark Sweney, The Guardian:
      Ray Winstone is fronting a campaign for the Football Association that aims to stop pushy parents shouting abuse at their children during the grassroots football season.
  9. (transitive, colloquial) To provide money or financial assistance in advance to.
    • 2004, Danielle Steele, Ransom, p.104:
      I'm prepared to say that I fronted you the money for a business deal with me, and the investment paid off brilliantly.
  10. (intransitive) To assume false or disingenuous appearances.
    • 1993, November 19, “Bobby Hill”, in Mad Real:
      So when I tell people where I'm from and check their reactions, I know in my heart I'm just frontin’. Because the way and where I lived then pales when compared to the way and where many youths are living today.
    • 2008, Briscoe/Akinyemi, ‘Womanizer’:
      Boy don't try to front, / I-I know just-just what you are, are-are.
    • 2008 Markus Naerheim, The City, p.531
      You know damned straight what this is about, or you ain't as smart as you been frontin'.
  11. (transitive) To deceive or attempt to deceive someone with false or disingenuous appearances (on).
    • 1992, The Beastie Boys, ‘So What'cha Want’:
      You think that you can front when revelation comes? / You can't front on that
  12. To appear before, as in to front court.

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Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: important · mine · wild · #575: front · France · London · save

Catalan

Etymology

From Latin frōns, frontem.

Noun

front m (plural fronts)

  1. front
  2. forehead

Czech

Noun

front m

  1. front (subdivision of the Soviet army)

Dutch

Pronunciation

Etymology

From Old French front (noun), fronter (verb), from Latin frons (forehead).

Noun

front n (plural fronten, diminutive frontje n)

  1. front

Derived terms


French

Etymology

From Old French front, from Latin frōns, frontem.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fʁɔ̃/

Noun

front m (plural fronts)

  1. (anatomy) forehead
  2. (military) front, frontline

See also


Friulian

Etymology

From Latin frōns, frontem.

Noun

front m (plural fronts)

  1. (anatomy) forehead

Hungarian

Etymology

From German Front, from French fronte, from Latin frons, frontis.[1]

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈfront]
  • Hyphenation: front

Noun

front (plural frontok)

  1. (military) front (an area where armies are engaged in conflict)
  2. (meteorolgy) front (the interface or transition zone between two airmasses of different density)
  3. (architecture) front, face (the side of a building with the main entrance)

Declension

Inflection (stem in -o-, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative front frontok
accusative frontot frontokat
dative frontnak frontoknak
instrumental fronttal frontokkal
causal-final frontért frontokért
translative fronttá frontokká
terminative frontig frontokig
essive-formal frontként frontokként
essive-modal
inessive frontban frontokban
superessive fronton frontokon
adessive frontnál frontoknál
illative frontba frontokba
sublative frontra frontokra
allative fronthoz frontokhoz
elative frontból frontokból
delative frontról frontokról
ablative fronttól frontoktól
Possessive forms of front
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. frontom frontjaim
2nd person sing. frontod frontjaid
3rd person sing. frontja frontjai
1st person plural frontunk frontjaink
2nd person plural frontotok frontjaitok
3rd person plural frontjuk frontjaik

References

  1. Tótfalusi István, Idegenszó-tár: Idegen szavak értelmező és etimológiai szótára. Tinta Könyvkiadó, Budapest, 2005, ISBN 963 7094 20 2

Norman

Etymology

From Old French front, from Latin frōns, frontem.

Noun

front m (plural fronts)

  1. (military) front

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From French front

Noun

front m (definite singular fronten, indefinite plural fronter, definite plural frontene)

  1. front

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Derived terms

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From French front

Noun

front m (definite singular fronten, indefinite plural frontar, definite plural frontane)

  1. front

Synonyms

  • framside

Derived terms

References


Old French

Etymology

From Latin frōns, frontem.

Noun

front m (oblique plural fronz or frontz, nominative singular fronz or frontz, nominative plural front)

  1. forehead
  2. (military) front

Descendants


Serbo-Croatian

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /frônt/

Noun

frȍnt m (Cyrillic spelling фро̏нт)

  1. (military) front

Declension


Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

front c

  1. The front end or side of something.
    Bilen hade fått en ful buckla på fronten.
    "There was an ugly bump on the front of the car."
  2. front - the area were two armies are fighting each other.
    På västfronten intet nytt (All Quiet on the Western Front, book by Erich Maria Remarque)
  3. front - area were hot and cold air meet
  4. front - one aspect of a larger undertaking which is temporarily seen as a separate undertaking in order to evaluate its progress in relationship to the whole.

Declension

Inflection of front 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative front fronten fronter fronterna
Genitive fronts frontens fronters fronternas

Derived terms

  • västfront
  • östfront
  • kallfront
  • varmfront