front

Definitions

  • Stele of SÎtÛ, Representing the Front Of a House
    Stele of SÎtÛ, Representing the Front Of a House
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj front relating to or located in the front "the front lines","the front porch"
    • v front confront bodily "breast the storm"
    • v front 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"
    • n front the side that is seen or that goes first
    • n front the outward appearance of a person "he put up a bold front"
    • n front 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"
    • n front the side that is forward or prominent
    • n front the line along which opposing armies face each other
    • n front the part of something that is nearest to the normal viewer "he walked to the front of the stage"
    • n front 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"
    • n front a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
    • n front (meteorology) the atmospheric phenomenon created at the boundary between two different air masses
    • n front a sphere of activity involving effort "the Japanese were active last week on the diplomatic front","they advertise on many different fronts"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

East Front of the Rock Temple of Elephanta East Front of the Rock Temple of Elephanta
The linesman at the front The linesman at the front
Un cannonier marin sur le front Un cannonier marin sur le front
He's been on every front He's been on every front
Inside front Inside front
Showing section and front view Showing section and front view
Showing front view Showing front view
A kitten touches its front paws to the paws of a stone lion A kitten touches its front paws to the paws of a stone lion

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Goats do not have upper front teeth
    • Front A position directly before the face of a person, or before the foremost part of a thing; as, in front of un person, of the troops, or of a house.
    • Front (Fort) All the works along one side of the polygon inclosing the site which is fortified.
    • a Front Of or relating to the front or forward part; having a position in front; foremost; as, a front view.
    • Front That which covers the foremost part of the head: a front piece of false hair worn by women. "Like any plain Miss Smith's, who wears s front."
    • Front The beginning. "Summer's front ."
    • Front The call boy whose turn it is to answer the call, which is often the word “front,” used as an exclamation.
    • Front The forehead or brow, the part of the face above the eyes; sometimes, also, the whole face. "Bless'd with his father's front , his mother's tongue.""Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled front .""His front yet threatens, and his frowns command."
    • Front The forehead, countenance, or personal presence, as expressive of character or temper, and especially, of boldness of disposition, sometimes of impudence; seeming; as, a bold front; a hardened front ; "With smiling fronts encountering.""The inhabitants showed a bold front ."
    • Front (Phon) The middle of the upper part of the tongue, -- the part of the tongue which is more or less raised toward the palate in the pronunciation of certain sounds, as the vowel i in machinee in bed, and consonant y in you. See Guide to Pronunciation, §10.
    • Front The most conspicuous part. "The very head and front of my offending."
    • Front The part or surface of anything which seems to look out, or to be directed forward; the fore or forward part; the foremost rank; the van; -- the opposite to back or rear; as, the front of a house; the front of an army. "Had he his hurts before?
      Ay, on the front ."
    • Front To adorn in front; to supply a front to; as, to front a house with marble; to front a head with laurel. "Yonder walls, that pertly front your town."
    • Front To appear before; to meet. "Enid] daily fronted him
      In some fresh splendor."
    • Front To face toward; to have the front toward; to confront; as, the house fronts the street. "And then suddenly front the changed reality."
    • v. t Front To have or turn the face or front in any direction; as, the house fronts toward the east.
    • Front To oppose face to face; to oppose directly; to meet in a hostile manner. "You four shall front them in the narrow lane."
    • Front To stand opposed or opposite to, or over against as, his house fronts the church.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The names of the two stone lions in front of the New York Public Library are Patience and Fortitude. They were named by then-mayor Fiorello LaGuardia
    • n front The forehead; in technical use, the frons.
    • n front The forehead or face as expressive of character, temper, or disposition; characteristic facial appearance.
    • n front Hence Manner of facing or opposing; attitude or bearing when confronted with anything, as in meeting a foe, a threatened danger, or an accuser: as, to put on a bold front; to await the enemy with a calm front. Sometimes used in the sense of cool assurance or impudence.
    • n front The part or side of anything which seems to look out or to be directed forward; the most forward part or surface: as, the front of a house; the front of an army.
    • n front Position or place directly ahead, or before the face or that part of anything which is regarded as the face; position in or toward that part to which one's view or course is directed: used chiefly in the phrases in front and in front of: as, right in front of them stood a lion.
    • n front Specifically, in a theater and the like— The part nearest the stage or platform: as, to occupy seats in front.
    • n front The part before the actors or speakers; the auditorium: as, the stage manager was in front (that is, not on the stage, but in the auditorium).
    • n front A sort of half-wig worn by women with a cap or bonnet, to cover only the front part of the head: distinctively called a false front.
    • n front Same as shirt-front and dicky, 3.
    • n front One of the surfaces of a diatom frustule marked by the line of juncture of the two valves, as distinguished from the side, which is the surface formed of a single valve.
    • n front Eccles., same as frontal, 5 .
    • front Relating to the front or face; frontal.
    • front Having a position in the front; foremost: as, the front steps.
    • front To meet face to face; come into the presence of; confront.
    • front To oppose face to face; oppose directly; encounter.
    • front To stand in front of, or opposed or opposite to, or over against; face.
    • front To supply with a front; furnish or adorn in front: as, to front a house with granite.
    • front To have the face or front toward some point of the compass or some object; be in a confronting or opposed position.
    • front To stand foremost.
    • front To stand or go in opposition; go counter.
    • n front In theat, language: That part of a theater which, from the actor's point of view, lies in front of the curtain; the auditorium or audience part; hence, the audience itself: as, to be in the front.
    • n front Everybody engaged to work before the curtain.
    • n front Milit., the entire system of defenses constructed along one side of the polygon inclosing the site to be fortified: as, a bastion or polygonal front.
    • n front The forehead-piece of a bridle, generally of leather with metal trimmings.
    • n front The exterior surface of a lock mortised into a door; the portion of a lock that is visible and through which the bolt, passes; in a rim-lock, the end facing the doorframe.
    • n front In entomology, practically the forehead; the part of the face between the eyes and between the vertex and the clypeus.
    • front In phonology, modified in utterance by the configuration of the central portion of the front or upper side of the tongue.
    • front In phonology, to pronounce with the front of the tongue, or as a ‘front’ sound. See front, II. adjective 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cows do not have any upper front teeth. Instead they have a thick pad on the top jaw
    • n Front frunt the forehead: the whole face: the forepart of anything: a kind of wig worn by ladies: the most conspicuous part: boldness: impudence
    • adj Front of, relating to, or in the front
    • v.t Front to stand in front of or opposite: to oppose face to face
    • v.i Front to stand in front or foremost: to turn the front or face in any direction
    • n Front a front-piece: something worn on the forehead or face:
    • n Front (archit.) a pediment over a door or window: a hanging of silk, satin, &c., embroidered for an altar—now usually covering only the top, the superfrontal—formerly covering the whole of the front, corresponding to the antependium
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Quotations

  • Earl Warren
    Earl Warren
    “The sports page records people's accomplishments, the front page usually records nothing, but man's failures.”
  • George Orwell
    George%20Orwell
    “To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle.”
  • A. J. Foyt
    A. J. Foyt
    “You get out in front -- you stay out in front.”
  • Albert Camus
    Albert%20Camus
    “Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; Don't walk behind me, I may not lead; Walk beside me, and just be my friend.”
  • John Naisbitt
    John Naisbitt
    “Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.”
  • Earl Warren
    Earl Warren
    “I always turn to the sports page first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing, but man's failures.”

Idioms

More front than Brighton - (UK) If you have more front than Brighton, you are very self-confident, possibly excessively so.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. frant, forehead, L. frons, frontis,; perh. akin to E. brow,

Usage

In literature:

He stepped in front of her.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
It comes into action in front of Wilcox.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
A crowd waited in front of the red-brick town hall.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
Few raids of importance took place on any of the fronts.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
From what remains of the front of Santo Antao, it looks as if it and the front of the Se Velha had been very much alike.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
On September 18, 1916, the British on the Somme front continued to add to their gains of the previous days.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
In front of him, on his saddle, he carried the giant's head.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Trotting their horses leisurely, they turned the corner directly in front of de Spain.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
His eyes gleamed with cunning as he remembered that his front door was unlocked and some one might by chance come in.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
He never attained first rank as a sergeant while in camp, but in the field, he sprang to the front like a thoroughbred.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
And yet suddenly, as we reached our front steps, how near I came to telling her.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Many of the wounded Frenchmen when returning from the front bring trophies of battle, such as German swords, bayonets, and buttons.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
A whispered order came that every man must hold on to the comrade in front of him, and bear to the left.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
And look at the wallflowers growing out in front the same as ever!
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
The Bucktails were in front, skirmishing.
"In The Ranks" by R. E. McBride
In front of each platoon, the lieutenants and captains stood with the same rigid eyes front facing the men.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
One of them has just broken down, and lies abandoned in front of the Post-Office.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
They met them front to front, and muzzle to muzzle.
"From the Rapidan to Richmond and the Spottsylvania Campaign" by William Meade Dame
The attack was delivered along a front of a mile and to a depth of half a mile in front of Flirey and westward toward St. Mihiel.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VII (of VIII)" by Various
Military bands marching detachments to the station on their way to the front.
"With our Fighting Men" by William E. Sellers
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In poetry:

I've tried walking sideways,
And walking to the front,
But people just look at me,
And say it's a publicity stunt.
"I'm Walking Backwards For Christmas" by Spike Milligan
I look, and right in front is seen,
Beyond the wood and stream,
A long and narrow bank of green,
On which the metals gleam.
"Connelbush" by Alexander Anderson
And so I've tried walking sideways,
And walking to the front.
But people just laughed, and said,
"It's a publicity stunt".
"I'm Walking Backwards For Christmas" by Spike Milligan
None: ... till I follow her, in time,
And find her, though all Dust deny!
With that to be I'll front the day,
And fronting die.
"Love In Extremis" by Cale Young Rice
Behind, a past that scolds and jeers
For ungirt loins and lamps unlit;
In front, the unmanageable years,
The trap upon the Pit;
"Some Starlit Garden Grey With Dew" by William Ernest Henley
And they carried them higher and higher,
And they nothing knew any more
Until they were standing waiting
In front of the round gold door.
"To The Sun Door" by Kate Greenaway

In news:

The steel-hulled Dolphin ran aground in front of the Front Street seawall on Halloween night in 2004.
On this day – all is quiet on the western front, the eastern front takes up a rules debate.
The article includes laterally extending front and back ear portions defined at opposed lateral sides of the front and back waist regions.
Walgreens, same-store sales, July, comparable-store sales, pharmacy same-store sales, front-end sales, Duane Reade, pharmacy, front end, drug store, Russell Redman.
Your front door is what sets a first impression for most visitors, but according to the consumer review website, Angie's List, your front door could be making a bad impression on your wallet.
The Front Porch blog has been reborn on OregonLive.com at oregonlive.com/ front-porch .
PHOTOGRAPHS IN FRONT OF THE THEATER: Ticketholders enjoy a summer evening in front of the Paramus theater, circa 1965.
The statue was recently installed in the front courtyard of the Wo Hing Museum at 858 Front St.
Outside the store fronts of Court and Main Street during the holiday parade,to the indelible decor of the Roberson Museum on Front Street.
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD Front-engine, FWD.
You've probably used it to make drawers with plain, inset fronts, but it's really quite simple to make lipped drawer fronts, too.
Nissan's new flagship sedan is built upon an all-new front-drive "D platform" that is shorter between the wheels and overall, yet boasts a wider front and rear track.
The front office staff at a dental practice is often on the front line.
Forget Google's Street View, which overlays a view of the street in front of you on… the street in front of you.
There are 20 parking meters along Park Avenue, between Camden and South Boulevard in front of front of the Theory Salon.
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In science:

We also consider only relativistic particles (v ′ ∼ 1, i.e., ν ∼ Vf ) because, in this case, the ratio ν does not change on each side of the shock front even if the particle gains energy in the process of multiple crossing at the shock front.
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves
Due to the Virasoro constraints, strings in the light-front formalism must have Neumann boundary conditions in both the light-front directions X + , X − .
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
And conversely, for some wave propagation phenomena we observe something like conservation law: wave front dynamics preserves orthogonality of wave fronts and rays.
On the concept of normal shift in non-metric geometry
The extra factors of 2 in front of the coefficients ˜χ1 and ˜χ3 in the first two equations reflects the fact the equations may be derived from a Lagrangian, and the factor √2 in front of all the terms containing ˜χ2 is added by definition, to simplify subsequent rescalings.
Polychromatic solitons in a quadratic medium
It refines G∞ regularity in the same way as the distributional wave front set does with C∞ regularity, i.e., the pro jection of the (generalized) wave front set into the base space equals the (generalized) singular support.
Elliptic regularity and solvability for partial differential equations with Colombeau coefficients
Thus we obtain an alternative, yet equivalent, way to determine generalized wave front sets, which is analogous to the original definition of the wave front set of distributions via intersections over characteristic sets.
Microlocal analysis of generalized functions: pseudodifferential techniques and propagation of singularities
However, St¨orzer & Hollenbach (1998) have modelled the PDR structure assuming an ionization front moving into the PDR and found that non equilibrium effects are probably minor in ob jects similar to the Orion Bar, where the ionization front propagation was expected to have significant impacts.
Density structure of the Horsehead nebula photo-dissociation region
As long as there are enough photons as part of the light front, this front moves with the speed of light in the ice, c/n, where n is the refractive index.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
Generalized Gevrey wave front The defined local regularity and its Fourier characterization, studied in the previous section, allow us to define the fundamental concept of every microlocal analysis, i. e. the generalized Gevrey wave front of a generalized Gevrey ultradistribution.
Colombeau generalized Gevrey ultradistributions and their microlocal analysis
As in Fig. 1, the highest contour of vorticity is placed in the corner of the bent front and there is a steepening of the positive strain contours in the direction of propagation of the front.
Computational Euler History
The notions of G -wave front set and G∞ -wave front set of a functional in L(Gc (Ω), eC) have been introduced in as direct analogues of the distributional wave front set in .
Generalized Oscillatory Integrals and Fourier Integral Operators
In Section 4 we will employ a useful characterization of the G -wave front set and the G∞ -wave front set valid for functionals which are basic.
Generalized Oscillatory Integrals and Fourier Integral Operators
We conclude the paper by investigating the G -wave front set and the G∞ -wave front set of the functional Iφ (a) under suitable assumptions on the generalized symbol a and the phase function φ.
Generalized Oscillatory Integrals and Fourier Integral Operators
It is proved, for a distribution, that its wave front coincides with the generalized wave front of the embedded distribution in G (ω).
Real Analytic Generalized Functions
Now we will compare the wave front set for an f in E ′ (ω) and the wave front of the corresponding generalized function.
Real Analytic Generalized Functions
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