the foremost part or surface of anything.
the part or side of anything that faces forward:
the front of a jacket.
the part or side of anything, as a building, that seems to look out or to be directed forward:
He sat in the front of the restaurant.
any side or face, as of a building.
a façade, considered with respect to its architectural treatment or material:
a cast-iron front.
a property line along a street or the like:
a fifty-foot front.
a place or position directly before anything:
We decided to plant trees in the front.
a position of leadership in a particular endeavor or field:
She rose to the front of her profession.
an area of activity, conflict, or competition:
news from the business front.
land facing a road, river, etc.
British. a promenade along a seashore.
Informal. a distinguished person listed as an official of an organization, for the sake of prestige, and who is usually inactive.
a person or thing that serves as a cover or disguise for some other activity, especially one of a secret, disreputable, or illegal nature; a blind:
The store was a front for foreign agents.
outward impression of rank, position, or wealth.
bearing or demeanor in confronting anything:
a calm front.
That clerk has the most outrageous front.
the forehead, or the entire face:
the statue’s gracefully chiseled front.
a coalition or movement to achieve a particular end, usually political:
the people’s front.
something attached or worn at the breast, as a shirt front or a dickey:
to spill gravy down one’s front.
Meteorology. an interface or zone of transition between two dissimilar air masses.
of or relating to the front.
situated in or at the front:
Phonetics. (of a speech sound) articulated with the tongue blade relatively far forward in the mouth, as the sounds of lay.
verb (used with object)
to have the front toward; face:
Our house fronts the lake.
to meet face to face; confront.
to face in opposition, hostility, or defiance.
to furnish or supply a front to:
to front a building with sandstone.
to serve as a front to:
A long, sloping lawn fronted their house.
Informal. to provide an introduction to; introduce:
a recorded message that is fronted with a singing commercial.
to lead (a jazz or dance band).
Phonetics. to articulate (a speech sound) at a position farther front in the mouth.
Linguistics. to move (a constituent) to the beginning of a clause or sentence.
verb (used without object)
to have or turn the front in some specified direction:
Our house fronts on the lake.
to serve as a cover or disguise for another activity, especially something of a disreputable or illegal nature:
The shop fronts for a narcotics ring.
(used to call or command someone to come, look, etc., to the front, as in an order to troops on parade or in calling a hotel bellboy to the front desk):
Front and center, on the double!
in front, in a forward place or position:
Sit down, you in front!
in front of,
up front, Informal.
that part or side that is forward, prominent, or most often seen or used
a position or place directly before or ahead: a fountain stood at the front of the building
the beginning, opening, or first part: the front of the book
the position of leadership; forefront; vanguard: in the front of scientific knowledge
land bordering a lake, street, etc
land along a seashore or large lake, esp a promenade
(meteorol) the dividing line or plane between two air masses or water masses of different origins and having different characteristics See also warm front, cold front
outward aspect or bearing, as when dealing with a situation: a bold front
assurance, overconfidence, or effrontery
(informal) a business or other activity serving as a respectable cover for another, usually criminal, organization
(mainly US) a nominal leader of an organization, etc, who lacks real power or authority; figurehead
(informal) outward appearance of rank or wealth
a particular field of activity involving some kind of struggle: on the wages front
a group of people with a common goal: a national liberation front
a false shirt front; a dicky
(archaic) the forehead or the face
of, at, or in the front: a front seat
(phonetics) of, relating to, or denoting a vowel articulated with the blade of the tongue brought forward and raised towards the hard palate, as for the sound of ee in English see or a in English hat
on the front foot, at an advantage, outclassing and outmanoeuvring one’s opponents
when intr, foll by on or onto. to be opposite (to); face (onto): this house fronts the river
(transitive) to be a front of or for
(transitive) (informal) to appear as a presenter in (a television show)
(transitive) to be the lead singer or player in (a band)
(transitive) to confront, esp in hostility or opposition
(transitive) to supply a front for
(Austral & NZ, informal) (intransitive) often foll by up. to appear (at): to front up at the police station
late 13c., “forehead,” from Old French front “forehead, brow” (12c.), from Latin frontem (nominative frons) “forehead, brow, front; facade, forepart; appearance,” perhaps literally “that which projects,” from PIE *bhront-, from root *bhren- “to project, stand out.” Or from PIE *ser-, “base of prepositions and preverbs with the basic meaning ‘above, over, up, upper'” [Watkins].
Sense of “foremost part of anything” developed in Latin. The military sense of “foremost part of an army” (mid-14c.) led to the meaning “field of operations in contact with the enemy” (1660s). Home front is from 1919. Sense of “public facade” is from 1891; that of “something serving as a cover for illegal activities” is from 1905. Meteorological sense first recorded 1921. Front yard first attested 1767.
1520s, from Middle French fronter, from Old French front (see front (n.)). Related: Fronted; fronting.
The boundary between two air masses that have different temperatures or humidity. In the mid-latitude areas of the Earth, where warm tropical air meets cooler polar air, the systems of fronts define the weather and often cause precipitation to form. Warm air, being lighter than cold air, tends to rise, cool, and condense along such boundaries, forming rain or snow. See also cold front, occluded front, polar front, stationary front, warm front.
front (frontal zone)
In meteorology, the line that forms the boundary between two air masses. Unless they are very similar in temperature and humidity, they will not mix.
Note: Fronts usually produce unstable weather.
out-front, up front
[fruhn-tis] /ˈfrʌn tɪs/ noun 1. the front wall of a cancha or jai alai court. Compare (def 1).
[fruhnt-lash] /ˈfrʌntˌlæʃ/ noun 1. an action or opinion that is in reaction to a backlash.
[fruhnt-lis] /ˈfrʌnt lɪs/ adjective, Archaic. 1. shameless; unblushing.
[fruhnt-lit] /ˈfrʌnt lɪt/ noun 1. Also, frontal. a decorative band, ribbon, or the like, worn across the forehead: The princess wore a richly bejeweled frontlet. 2. the forehead of an animal. 3. Ornithology. the forehead when marked by a different color or texture of the plumage. 4. Judaism. the phylactery worn on the forehead. /ˈfrʌntlɪt/ […]