- The definition of front is located in the forward position.
An example of front used as an adjective is the phrase "front yard" which means the yard facing the street at someone's house.
- Front is defined as attitude or the part that faces forward.
An example of front is the part of the head with the eyes, nose and mouth on it.
- To front is defined as to face in a certain direction, or to be the leader of something.
An example of to front is for a house to look out on the ocean.
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- the forehead
- the face; countenance
- attitude or appearance, as of the face, indicating state of mind; external behavior when facing a problem, etc.: to put on a bold front
- Informal an appearance, usually pretended or assumed, of social standing, wealth, etc.
- Rare impudence; effrontery
- the part of something that faces forward or is regarded as facing forward; most important side; forepart
- the first part; beginning: toward the front of the book
- the place or position directly before a person or thing
- a forward or leading position or situation
- ☆ the first available bellhop or page, as in a hotel: generally used as a call
- the land bordering a lake, ocean, street, etc.
- Brit. a promenade along a body of water
- the advanced line, or the whole area, of contact between opposing sides in warfare; combat zone
- a specified area of activity: the home front, the political front
- a broad movement in which different groups are united for the achievement of certain common political or social aims
- ☆ a person who serves as a public representative of a business, group, etc., usually because of his or her prestige
- ☆ a person or group used to cover or obscure the activity or objectives of another, controlling person or group
- a stiff shirt bosom, worn with formal clothes
- Archit. a face of a building; esp., the face with the principal entrance
- Meteorol. the boundary between two air masses of different density and temperature
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin frons (gen. frontis), forehead, front ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhren-, to project from source Old English brant, steep, high
- at, to, in, on, or of the front
- Phonet. articulated with the tongue toward the front of the mouth: said of certain vowels, as (i) in bid
- to face; be opposite to
- to be before in place
- to meet; confront
- to defy; oppose
- to supply or serve as a front, or facing, of
- to be the leader or best-known member of (a musical band)
- to face in a certain direction: a castle fronting on the sea
- ☆ to act as a front (senses & ): with for
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- The forward part or surface, as of a building.
- The area, location, or position directly before or ahead.
- A position of leadership or superiority.
- The forehead or face, especially of a bird or other animal.
- a. Demeanor or bearing, especially in the presence of danger or difficulty.b. An outward, often feigned, appearance or manner: They put up a good front.
- a. Land bordering a lake, river, or street.b. A promenade along the water at a resort.
- A detachable part of a man's dress shirt covering the chest; a dickey.
- a. The most forward line of a combat force.b. The area of contact between opposing combat forces; a battlefront.
- Meteorology The interface between air masses of different temperatures or densities.
- A field of activity: the economic front.
- a. A group or movement uniting various individuals or organizations for the achievement of a common purpose; a coalition.b. A nominal leader lacking in real authority; a figurehead.c. An apparently respectable person, group, or business used as a cover for secret or illegal activities.
- Archaic a. The first part; the beginning.b. The face; the countenance.
- Of, relating to, aimed at, or located in the front: the front lines; the front row; front property on Lake Tahoe.
- Linguistics Designating vowels produced at or toward the front of the oral cavity, such as the vowels of green and get.
- To look out on; face: a house that fronts the ocean.
- To meet in opposition; confront.
- To provide a front for.
- To serve as a front for.
- Music To lead (a group of musicians): “Goodman . . . became the first major white bandleader to front an integrated group” (Bill Barol).
- Informal To provide before payment: “In . . . personal liability suits, a lawyer is fronting both time and money” (Richard Faille).
- Linguistics To move (a word or phrase) to the beginning of a clause or sentence, typically for emphasis or contrast.
- Linguistics To cause (a vowel) to be pronounced farther toward the front of the oral cavity.
- To have a front; face onto something else: Her property fronts on the highway.
- To provide an apparently respectable cover for secret or illegal activities: fronting for organized crime.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin frōns, front-, forehead, front.
front - Cultural Definition
front - Phrases/Idioms
in front of
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front and center
front - Science Definition
top: cold front;
bottom: warm front
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