from The Century Dictionary.

  • Being in front.
  • Of or pertaining to the forehead or frons, or to the bone of the forehead: as, the frontal crest of a bird; frontal plates of a reptile.
  • In entomology See clypeal suture, under clypeal.
  • noun Something worn on the forehead or face; a frontlet.
  • noun Something that comes or is situated in front; a front piece or part, as (formerly) the valance of a bed.
  • noun Specifically In heraldry: The front of anything, as of a helmet or a cap.
  • noun The forehead, as of a human head, used as a bearing.
  • noun In architecture, a little pediment or frontispiece over a small door or window.
  • noun Eccles.: A movable cover or hanging for the front of an altar.
  • noun In England, in the middle ages, also a movable cover of wood or precious metal for the front of the altar. Such a frontal was sometimes called a table (also tabula, tablementum).
  • noun In medicine, a medicament or preparation to be applied to the forehead.
  • noun In anatomy and zoology, the frontal bone; the bone of the forehead.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Anat.) Belonging to the front part; being in front.
  • noun Something worn on the forehead or face; a frontlet.
  • noun An ornamental band for the hair.
  • noun (Mil.) The metal face guard of a soldier.
  • noun (Arch.) A little pediment over a door or window.
  • noun (Eccl.) A movable, decorative member in metal, carved wood, or, commonly, in rich stuff or in embroidery, covering the front of the altar. Frontals are usually changed according to the different ceremonies.
  • noun (Med.), obsolete A medicament or application for the forehead.
  • noun (Anat.) The frontal bone, or one of the two frontal bones, of the cranium.
  • noun a forge hammer lifted by a cam, acting upon a “tongue” immediately in front of the hammer head.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, relating to, directed toward, or situated at the front: a frontal attack.
  • adjective anatomy Of or relating to the forehead or frontal bone.
  • adjective anatomy Of or relating to the frontal plane.
  • adjective Of or relating to a weather front.
  • noun A drapery covering the front of an altar.
  • noun The façade of a building.
  • noun anatomy The bone at the front of the skull, behind the forehead.

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

  • adjective belonging to the front part
  • noun an adornment worn on the forehead
  • noun a drapery that covers the front of an altar
  • noun the face or front of a building
  • adjective of or relating to the front of an advancing mass of air
  • adjective of or adjacent to the forehead or frontal bone
  • adjective meeting front to front


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