AskDefine | Define front

Dictionary Definition

front adj
1 relating to or located in the front; "the front lines"; "the front porch" [syn: front(a)] [ant: back(a)]
2 located anteriorly [syn: fore(a), front(a)]

Noun

1 the immediate proximity of someone or something; "she blushed in his presence"; "he sensed the presence of danger"; "he was well behaved in front of company" [syn: presence]
2 the side that is forward or prominent [syn: front end, forepart] [ant: rear]
3 the side that is seen or that goes first [ant: rear]
4 a sphere of activity involving effort; "the Japanese were active last week on the diplomatic front"; "they advertise on many different fronts"
5 the line along which opposing armies face each other [syn: battlefront, front line]
6 a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals; "he was a charter member of the movement"; "politicians have to respect a mass movement"; "he led the national liberation front" [syn: movement, social movement]
7 (meteorology) the atmospheric phenomenon created at the boundary between two different air masses
8 a person used as a cover for some questionable activity [syn: front man, figurehead, nominal head, straw man, strawman]
9 the outward appearance of a person; "he put up a bold front"
10 the part of something that is nearest to the normal viewer; "he walked to the front of the stage" [ant: back]

Verb

1 be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to; "The house looks north"; "My backyard look onto the pond"; "The building faces the park" [syn: look, face] [ant: back]
2 confront bodily; "breast the storm" [syn: breast]

User Contributed Dictionary

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English

Etymology

From Middle English frount: forehead, brow, front

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The side or end of something that faces the direction it normally moves.
  2. The side of a building with the main entrance.
  3. A person or institution acting as the public face of some other, covert group
  4. An area where armies are engaged in conflict, especially the line of contact.
  5. In the context of "meteorology": The interface or transition zone between two airmasses of different density. Since the temperature distribution is the most important regulator of atmospheric density, a front almost invariably separates airmasses of different temperature. Fronts receive their names from the movement of the air masses involved.
  6. In the context of "meteorology": An area where masses of warm and cold air meet, often resulting in precipitation.
  7. In the context of "military": The lateral space occupied by an element measured from the extremity of one flank to the extremity of the other flank.
  8. In the context of "military}} The direction of the enemy.

Extensive Definition

Front may refer to:

Frontal

front in Catalan: Front
front in Czech: Fronta
front in Danish: Front
front in German: Front
front in Spanish: Frente
front in French: Front
front in Galician: Fronte
front in Lithuanian: Frontas
front in Dutch: Front
front in Japanese: フロント
front in Norwegian: Front
front in Polish: Front
front in Russian: Фронт
front in Slovak: Front
front in Swedish: Front
front in Ukrainian: Фронт

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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pharyngeal, pharyngealized, phonemic, phonetic, phonic, pioneer, pitch, pitched, place before, playacting, pocket, point, polar front, polarize, political front, poor excuse, popular front, pose, pose against, posing, posttonic, posture, precede, precedence, preceding, precursor, premier, present to, pretense, pretension, pretext, primary, prime, principal, priority, protest, protestation, prunes and prisms, public image, public motive, puppet, put in opposition, put it to, put-off, put-on, putting on airs, railhead, rank, rate, recalcitrate, refuge, reluct, remonstrate, replace, represent, representation, retroflex, revolt, rind, roughness, rounded, run the gauntlet, scout, scream defiance, screen, seat of war, seeming, semblance, semivowel, set at defiance, set before, sham, shambles, shell, show, show fight, simulacrum, simulation, skin, smoke screen, soft, sonant, soup, space, speak out, speak up, spearhead, speciousness, spokesman, spokeswoman, squall line, stalking-horse, stand, stand at bay, stand first, stand opposed, stand opposite, stand up against, stand up to, stare down, stationary front, stem, stooge, stopped, straightforward, stratagem, stratosphere, stressed, strive against, strong, stylishness, substitute for, substratosphere, subtend, subterfuge, superficiality, superficies, superstratum, surd, surface, surface appearance, surface show, syllabic, tail wind, take precedence, tense, the front, the lead, theater, theater of operations, theater of war, thick, throaty, to the fore, tonal, tonic, top, trick, tropopause, troposphere, trough, turbulence, twangy, unaccented, unnaturalness, unrounded, unstressed, usher in, vain show, van, vanguard, varnish, veil, velar, venture, visibility, visibility zero, vocalic, vocoid, voiced, voiceless, vowel, vowellike, warm front, weak, weather map, wide, wind-shift line, window dressing, wing, winning, withstand, zone of communications
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