Front of fortification


Front of fortification
Front Front (fr[u^]nt), n. [F. frant forehead, L. frons, frontis; perh. akin to E. brow.] 1. The forehead or brow, the part of the face above the eyes; sometimes, also, the whole face. [1913 Webster]

Bless'd with his father's front, his mother's tongue. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled front. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

His front yet threatens, and his frowns command. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster +PJC]

With smiling fronts encountering. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The inhabitants showed a bold front. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Had he his hurts before? Ay, on the front. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

5. The most conspicuous part. [1913 Webster]

The very head and front of my offending. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. That which covers the foremost part of the head: a front piece of false hair worn by women. [1913 Webster]

Like any plain Miss Smith's, who wears s front. --Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster]

7. The beginning. ``Summer's front.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

8. (Fort.) All the works along one side of the polygon inclosing the site which is fortified. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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, [sect]10. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

10. The call boy whose turn it is to answer the call, which is often the word ``front,'' used as an exclamation. [Hotel Cant] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • Front — (fr[u^]nt), n. [F. frant forehead, L. frons, frontis; perh. akin to E. brow.] 1. The forehead or brow, the part of the face above the eyes; sometimes, also, the whole face. [1913 Webster] Bless d with his father s front, his mother s tongue. Pope …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Front door — Front Front (fr[u^]nt), n. [F. frant forehead, L. frons, frontis; perh. akin to E. brow.] 1. The forehead or brow, the part of the face above the eyes; sometimes, also, the whole face. [1913 Webster] Bless d with his father s front, his mother s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Front of operations — Front Front (fr[u^]nt), n. [F. frant forehead, L. frons, frontis; perh. akin to E. brow.] 1. The forehead or brow, the part of the face above the eyes; sometimes, also, the whole face. [1913 Webster] Bless d with his father s front, his mother s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fortification — [ fɔrtifikasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1360; lat. fortificatio, de fortis « fort » 1 ♦ Action de fortifier une place, de la munir d ouvrages défensifs. Travailler à la fortification d une position clé. 2 ♦ (XVe) Souvent plur. Ouvrage défensif, ou ensemble des …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • front — (fron ; le t se lie : un fron t élevé ; au pluriel, l s se lie : des fron z élevés) s. m. 1°   Partie de la face qui s étend de l origine des cheveux aux sourcils et d une tempe à l autre. Un front large. Un front élevé. Il a le front bas.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • FRONT — n. m. Partie du visage qui est comprise entre la racine des cheveux et les sourcils. Large front. Front élevé. Front bas. Avoir des rides au front, sur le front. Se faire une bosse au front. être marqué sur le front, au front. Dérider son front.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • Bastioned front — Front Front (fr[u^]nt), n. [F. frant forehead, L. frons, frontis; perh. akin to E. brow.] 1. The forehead or brow, the part of the face above the eyes; sometimes, also, the whole face. [1913 Webster] Bless d with his father s front, his mother s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To come to the front — Front Front (fr[u^]nt), n. [F. frant forehead, L. frons, frontis; perh. akin to E. brow.] 1. The forehead or brow, the part of the face above the eyes; sometimes, also, the whole face. [1913 Webster] Bless d with his father s front, his mother s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Medieval fortification — This article is part of the series on: Medieval History By Region Medieval Armenia Medieval Bosnia Medieval England Bulgarian Empire Byzantine Empire …   Wikipedia

  • Dragon's teeth (fortification) — Not to be confused with Czech hedgehog . United States Army troops passing through dragon s teeth on the Siegfried Line in 1944 …   Wikipedia


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