1. 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. --Pope.
Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled front. --Shak.
His front yet threatens, and his frowns command. --Prior.
2. 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; hence, an attitude and demeanor intended to represent one's feelings, even if not actually felt; as, to put on a good front.
With smiling fronts encountering. --Shak.
The inhabitants showed a bold front. --Macaulay.
3. 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. --Shak.
4. 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.
5. The most conspicuous part.
The very head and front of my offending. --Shak.
6. 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. --Mrs. Browning.
7. The beginning. “Summer's front.”
8. Fort. All the works along one side of the polygon inclosing the site which is fortified.
9. 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 machine, e in bed, and consonant y in you. See Guide to Pronunciation, §10.
10. The call boy whose turn it is to answer the call, which is often the word “front,” used as an exclamation. [Hotel Cant]
Bastioned front Mil., a curtain connerting two half bastions.
Front door, the door in the front wall of a building, usually the principal entrance.
Front of fortification, the works constructed upon any one side of a polygon. --Farrow.
Front of operations, all that part of the field of operations in front of the successive positions occupied by the army as it moves forward. --Farrow.
To come to the front, to attain prominence or leadership.
Front, a. Of or relating to the front or forward part; having a position in front; foremost; as, a front view.
Front, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fronted; p. pr. & vb. n. Fronting.]
1. To oppose face to face; to oppose directly; to meet in a hostile manner.
You four shall front them in the narrow lane. --Shak.
2. To appear before; to meet.
[Enid] daily fronted him
In some fresh splendor. --Tennyson.
3. To face toward; to have the front toward; to confront; as, the house fronts the street.
And then suddenly front the changed reality. --J. Morley.
4. To stand opposed or opposite to, or over against as, his house fronts the church.
5. 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. --Shak.
Front, v. t. To have or turn the face or front in any direction; as, the house fronts toward the east.
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)]
n 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:
2: the side that is forward or prominent [syn: front end, forepart]
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,
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,
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
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]
v 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]