from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The forward part or surface, as of a building.
  • n. The area, location, or position directly before or ahead.
  • n. A position of leadership or superiority.
  • n. The forehead or face, especially of a bird or other animal.
  • n. Demeanor or bearing, especially in the presence of danger or difficulty.
  • n. An outward, often feigned, appearance or manner: They put up a good front.
  • n. Land bordering a lake, river, or street.
  • n. A promenade along the water at a resort.
  • n. A detachable part of a man's dress shirt covering the chest; a dickey.
  • n. The most forward line of a combat force.
  • n. The area of contact between opposing combat forces; a battlefront.
  • n. Meteorology The interface between air masses of different temperatures or densities.
  • n. A field of activity: the economic front.
  • n. A group or movement uniting various individuals or organizations for the achievement of a common purpose; a coalition.
  • n. A nominal leader lacking in real authority; a figurehead.
  • n. An apparently respectable person, group, or business used as a cover for secret or illegal activities.
  • n. Archaic The first part; the beginning.
  • n. Archaic The face; the countenance.
  • adj. Of, relating to, aimed at, or located in the front: the front lines; the front row; front property on Lake Tahoe.
  • adj. Linguistics Designating vowels produced at or toward the front of the oral cavity, such as the vowels of green and get.
  • transitive v. To look out on; face: a house that fronts the ocean.
  • transitive v. To meet in opposition; confront.
  • transitive v. To provide a front for.
  • transitive v. To serve as a front for.
  • transitive v. Music To lead (a group of musicians): "Goodman . . . became the first major white bandleader to front an integrated group” ( Bill Barol).
  • transitive v. Informal To provide before payment: "In . . . personal liability suits, a lawyer is fronting both time and money” ( Richard Faille).
  • transitive v. Linguistics To move (a word or phrase) to the beginning of a clause or sentence, typically for emphasis or contrast.
  • transitive v. Linguistics To cause (a vowel) to be pronounced farther toward the front of the oral cavity.
  • intransitive v. To have a front; face onto something else: Her property fronts on the highway.
  • intransitive v. To provide an apparently respectable cover for secret or illegal activities: fronting for organized crime.
  • interj. Used by a desk clerk in a hotel to summon a bellhop.
  • idiom front and center In the most prominent position.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The foremost side of something or the end that faces the direction it normally moves.
  • n. The side of a building with the main entrance.
  • n. A person or institution acting as the public face of some other, covert group.
  • n. 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.
  • n. An area where armies are engaged in conflict, especially the line of contact.
  • n. The lateral space occupied by an element measured from the extremity of one flank to the extremity of the other flank.
  • n. The direction of the enemy.
  • n. When a combat situation does not exist or is not assumed, the direction toward which the command is faced.
  • n. A major military subdivision of the Soviet Army.
  • n. An act, show, façade, persona: an intentional and false impression of oneself.
  • n. a seafront or coastal promenade.
  • adj. Located at or near the front.
  • adj. (phonetics) Of a vowel pronounced near the tip of the tongue.
  • v. To face (on, to); to be pointed in a given direction.
  • v. To face, be opposite to.
  • v. To face up to, to meet head-on, to confront.
  • v. To adorn the front of; to have on the front.
  • v. To pronounce with the tongue in a front position.
  • v. To move (a word or clause) to the start of a sentence.
  • v. To act as a front (for); to cover (for).
  • v. To lead or be the spokesperson of (a campaign, organisation etc.).
  • v. To provide money or financial assistance in advance to.
  • v. To assume false or disingenuous appearances.
  • v. to appear before, as in to front court.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or relating to the front or forward part; having a position in front; foremost.
  • n. The forehead or brow, the part of the face above the eyes; sometimes, also, the whole face.
  • n. The forehead, countenance, or personal presence, as expressive of character or temper, and especially, of boldness of disposition, sometimes of impudence; seeming;
  • n. 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.
  • n. A position directly before the face of a person, or before the foremost part of a thing.
  • n. The most conspicuous part.
  • n. That which covers the foremost part of the head: a front piece of false hair worn by women.
  • n. The beginning.
  • n. All the works along one side of the polygon inclosing the site which is fortified.
  • n. The middle of the upper part of the tongue, -- the part of the tongue which is more or less raised toward the palate in the pronunciation of certain sounds, as the vowel i in machine, e in bed, and consonant y in you. See Guide to Pronunciation, §10.
  • n. The call boy whose turn it is to answer the call, which is often the word “front,” used as an exclamation.
  • transitive v. To oppose face to face; to oppose directly; to meet in a hostile manner.
  • transitive v. To appear before; to meet.
  • transitive v. To face toward; to have the front toward; to confront.
  • transitive v. To stand opposed or opposite to, or over against as, his house fronts the church.
  • transitive v. To adorn in front; to supply a front to.
  • transitive v. To have or turn the face or front in any direction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The forehead; in technical use, the frons.
  • n. The forehead or face as expressive of character, temper, or disposition; characteristic facial appearance.
  • n. Hence Manner of facing or opposing; attitude or bearing when confronted with anything, as in meeting a foe, a threatened danger, or an accuser: as, to put on a bold front; to await the enemy with a calm front. Sometimes used in the sense of cool assurance or impudence.
  • n. The part or side of anything which seems to look out or to be directed forward; the most forward part or surface: as, the front of a house; the front of an army.
  • n. Position or place directly ahead, or before the face or that part of anything which is regarded as the face; position in or toward that part to which one's view or course is directed: used chiefly in the phrases in front and in front of: as, right in front of them stood a lion.
  • n. Specifically, in a theater and the like— The part nearest the stage or platform: as, to occupy seats in front.
  • n. The part before the actors or speakers; the auditorium: as, the stage manager was in front (that is, not on the stage, but in the auditorium).
  • n. A sort of half-wig worn by women with a cap or bonnet, to cover only the front part of the head: distinctively called a false front.
  • n. Same as shirt-front and dicky, 3.
  • n. One of the surfaces of a diatom frustule marked by the line of juncture of the two valves, as distinguished from the side, which is the surface formed of a single valve.
  • n. Eccles., same as frontal, 5 .
  • Relating to the front or face; frontal.
  • Having a position in the front; foremost: as, the front steps.
  • To meet face to face; come into the presence of; confront.
  • To oppose face to face; oppose directly; encounter.
  • To stand in front of, or opposed or opposite to, or over against; face.
  • To supply with a front; furnish or adorn in front: as, to front a house with granite.
  • To have the face or front toward some point of the compass or some object; be in a confronting or opposed position.
  • To stand foremost.
  • To stand or go in opposition; go counter.
  • n. In theat, language: That part of a theater which, from the actor's point of view, lies in front of the curtain; the auditorium or audience part; hence, the audience itself: as, to be in the front.
  • n. Everybody engaged to work before the curtain.
  • n. Milit., the entire system of defenses constructed along one side of the polygon inclosing the site to be fortified: as, a bastion or polygonal front.
  • n. The forehead-piece of a bridle, generally of leather with metal trimmings.
  • n. The exterior surface of a lock mortised into a door; the portion of a lock that is visible and through which the bolt, passes; in a rim-lock, the end facing the doorframe.
  • n. In entomology, practically the forehead; the part of the face between the eyes and between the vertex and the clypeus.
  • In phonology, modified in utterance by the configuration of the central portion of the front or upper side of the tongue.
  • In phonology, to pronounce with the front of the tongue, or as a ‘front’ sound. See front, II. adjective 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals
  • n. the outward appearance of a person
  • adj. relating to or located in the front
  • v. be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
  • n. the side that is forward or prominent
  • n. the line along which opposing armies face each other
  • v. confront bodily
  • n. a sphere of activity involving effort
  • n. the side that is seen or that goes first
  • n. (meteorology) the atmospheric phenomenon created at the boundary between two different air masses
  • n. the part of something that is nearest to the normal viewer
  • n. the immediate proximity of someone or something
  • n. a person used as a cover for some questionable activity


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin frōns, front-, forehead, front.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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