• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fronde (F. Hist) A political party in France, during the minority of Louis XIV., who opposed the government, and made war upon the court party.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Fronde In French history, the name of a party which during the minority of Louis XIV. waged civil war against the court party, on account of the humiliations inflicted on the high nobility and the heavy fiscal impositions laid on the people. The movement began with the resistance of the Parliament of Paris to the measures of the minister Mazarin, and was sarcastically called by one of his supporters there “the war of the fronde,” in allusion to the use of the sling then common among the street boys of Paris. The contest continued from 1648 to 1652, during which Mazarin was driven from power, but soon restored. The opposition to him had degenerated into a course of selfish intrigue and party strife, whence the name frondeur became a term of political reproach.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fronde frond the name given to certain factions in France during the minority of Louis XIV., hostile to the court and the minister Mazarin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., a sling—L. funda.


In literature:

To the great action of the Thirty Years' War there soon succeeded the domestic commotion of the Fronde.
"The Fighting Governor" by Charles W. Colby
He saw flying things dart among the tree-fern fronds, and some were scaled and some were not, but none of them were feathered.
"The Fifth-Dimension Tube" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The troubles of the Fronde now commenced; and in the first instance Grammont zealously attached himself to the prince.
"Notes and Queries, Number 233, April 15, 1854" by Various
The reflection might be extended to other political revolutions, and to other incidents than the Fronde.
"The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain" by J. A. Cramb
The plane sped toward the long fronds.
"The People of the Crater" by Andrew North
Close by, there was a velvet fern frond ready to unfurl.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
The Fronde, as I said before, was a revolution for honest ends.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
A small house is built in the back yard and is surrounded by a fence of palm fronds.
"The Upward Path" by Various
Ferns joined their fronds above a horseman's head.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
One palm frond will produce eighty to one hundred long, green leaflets from two to five feet in length, and from this the fiber is prepared.
"Asparagus, its culture for home use and for market:" by F. M. Hexamer

In poetry:

I listened for a tale of leaves
And smothered ferns,
Frond-forests; and the low, sly lives
Before the fawns.
"Miners" by Wilfred Owen
I know not where His islands lift
Their fronded palms in air;
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His love and care.
"The Eternal Goodness" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Blow softly down the valley,
O wind, and stir the fern
That waves its green fronds over
The King of Ireland's Cairn.
"The King of Ireland's Cairn" by Anna Johnston MacManus
There all things shone with paler sheen:
More softly shimmered
The fern-fronds, and with softer green
The myrtles glimmered:
"The River Maiden" by Victor James Daley
Convention's fronds here screen from view
Immodest Nature's haunt,
And wizard Distance veils in blue
The haggard peaks of Want.
"Prosperity" by Bernard O Dowd
Fringing the stream, at every turn
Swung low the waving fronds of fern;
From stony cleft and mossy sod
Pale asters sprang, and golden-rod.
"The Seeking Of The Waterfall" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Yanking on the slick, chive-like fronds and unearthing a small globe of an onion introduced many of us to the magical processes that take place in the dirt.
2 medium fennel bulbs, trimmed, some fronds reserved.
Don't be fooled by the hoarse rustle of palm fronds or the gentle lapping of waves against the beach.
The Mother Hips hide in gentle palm fronds.
Budget constraints have left the city unable to afford to trim its trees in recent years and on windy days, the palm fronds whip around like scythes and collect on streets and lawns the way tumbleweeds used to in Colton and Rialto.
Use the fennel bulb, fronds in linguine .
In 1989 marine biologist Alexandre Meinesz went diving off southern France and was stunned by what he saw: a dense blanket of waving green fronds stretching around him in every direction on the seabed.
A palm-frond roof covers the carport.
1 large fennel bulb with fronds.
Burrow & Hive cosmetic case with a palm frond pattern.
The raw green and white bulb and the feathery fronds can also be cooked.
Trevor Taylor his way to winning the short Silver Frond part of the Silver Fern rally.
Albino Pineda's unique masks crafted from palm fronds will be featured in a special exhibit at El Buen Pastor United Methodist Church on October 26 and 27 from 10 am to 4 pm.
Andrew Parent smiles proudly as his daughter, Danika, holds one of the fern fronds she found while walking through High Falls Gorge.
Each frond absorbs nutrients through the entire plant, not a central root system like a plant that grows in soil.

In science:

The clock with which the information is encoded provides a time reference to all frond-end electronics.
The COMPASS Experiment at CERN