Main definitions of frontal in English

: frontal1frontal2

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adjective

  • 1Of, at, or directed at the front.

    ‘a frontal assault on the Maginot line’
    ‘the frontal view misses the octagonal tower’
    • ‘Instead of packing the interior with air bags (Nissan's ploy), Ford stayed with only two bags to protect front-seat occupants during a frontal collision.’
    • ‘One third of the weight gain is attributable to structural reinforcements added to insure favorable results in an offset frontal collision.’
    • ‘The scene changes to a close-up of Zack from a low frontal point of view.’
    • ‘Seeing his frontal view, realization hit me as I turned around.’
    • ‘The scene changes to Jana at a frontal view, and she steps forward in hesitation with her hand slightly raised, but she holds her position for a moment and slowly steps back.’
    • ‘After games, the operators view frontal snapshots of hitters and manually define the top and bottom of their zones, injecting a subjective element into an otherwise objective process.’
    • ‘This work is almost a double portrait: a frontal view of Henriette's face and the reflection of her profile in the mirror.’
    • ‘The spiral also hides part of the wrapper, unlike the new ice cream machines which prominently feature either a photo of the unwrapped ice cream or a frontal view of the entire product.’
    • ‘These new frame rails are filled with structural foam in key areas to control crush, especially in offset frontal collisions.’
    • ‘He then claimed that only in the photographs he himself had supervised could one see correct, frontal views that truly reflected the sculptor's original intentions.’
    • ‘Each features a high-strength steel reinforced torque box that prevents the front tires from intruding into the passenger compartment in a frontal collision.’
    • ‘The quality of the copperplate engraving of each rosette is extraordinary, featuring both the frontal view of the stone carving and a cross-section to show the depth of the carved decoration.’
    • ‘In their strong colors, direct frontal poses, and careful detailing, the Burnett likenesses are typical of Johnson's best work.’
    • ‘These tadpoles have large frontal eyes and probably direct their prey capture strikes visually.’
    • ‘Moreover, whereas the frontal view is savage and vehement, this head is gentle and dreamy, even pretty, expressing an entirely different mood.’
    • ‘A typical Egyptian two-dimensional view of the body depicts the head and legs in profile, with a frontal view of the torso.’
    • ‘For example, a two-page spread puts side-by-side a frontal view and a large feathered serpent head in such a way that underscores a formal similarity.’
    • ‘That is certainly so in a compositional sense, since it introduces a bold diagonal line right across the surface and consequently shifts a flat, frontal view into a fully three-dimensional space.’
    • ‘Although both Newman and Fagg use a direct frontal pose, the results are strikingly different: one is expressive, the other documentary.’
    • ‘In a paper presented in the science journal it was stated that 20 sheep were trained to discriminate in a choice maze between pictures showing frontal views of 25 pairs of sheep faces by associating one member of each face with a food reward.’
    front, advance, foremost, head, leading
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    1. 1.1 Relating to the forehead or front part of the skull.
      ‘the frontal sinuses’
      • ‘Ethmoid and frontal sinus mucocoeles present commonly with symptoms and signs caused by displacement of adjacent structures.’
      • ‘The presenting complaint was of recurrent right frontal headaches.’
      • ‘Other symptoms may include chills, anorexia, generalized or frontal headache, severe myalgia and arthralgia, weakness, and fatigue.’
      • ‘The concentration of androgen receptor and 5 reductase activities in frontal hair follicles is greater than in occipital follicles.’
      • ‘He was started on intravenous antibiotics and underwent external frontal sinusotomy to decompress the adjacent infected frontal sinus.’
      • ‘At the end of induction therapy, a CT scan of the head showed persistence of the right frontal skull and soft tissue lesion, whereas all other lesions were nearly completely resolved.’
      • ‘However, to access the maxillary, ethmoid and frontal sinus, the sheep's middle turbinate needs to be removed.’
      • ‘It has also been reported in other parts of the skull, such as the frontal and maxillary sinuses and orbit.’
      • ‘The mass was centred in the anterior ethmoidal air cell and extended to the lateral margin of the right frontal sinus.’
      • ‘Mucocoeles of the ethmoid and frontal sinuses commonly present with symptoms and signs caused by displacement of adjacent structures caused by a process of slow expansion.’
      • ‘A magnetic resonance image demonstrated sinusitis involving mainly the right maxillary, ethmoid, and frontal sinuses.’
      • ‘Hyperostosis frontalis interna may extend into the diploë but does not involve the external lamina or the posterior wall of the frontal sinus.’
      • ‘Cranial magnetic resonance imaging showed a giant intracranial parasagittal frontal tumour eroding through the top of the skull.’
      • ‘The frontal sinuses are on either side of the forehead, above the eyes.’
      • ‘A 32 year old woman comes to you complaining of recurrent frontal headaches.’
      • ‘There were no procedures on the frontal sinuses.’
      • ‘During the craniotomy, severe swelling and profuse bleeding from the sagittal sinus and deep frontal area developed.’
      • ‘He subsequently developed plasmacytomas of his thoracic spinal canal, right orbit, and frontal sinuses.’
      • ‘Clinical findings during early childhood may include macrocephaly and frontal bossing (unusually prominent forehead).’

Origin

Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘relating to the forehead’): from modern Latin frontalis, from Latin frons, front- ‘front, forehead’.

Pronunciation

frontal

/ˈfrʌnt(ə)l/

Main definitions of frontal in English

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frontal2

noun

  • A decorative cloth for covering the front of an altar.

    • ‘Many of the pieces now needing repair date from the great revival in ecclesiastical vestments and frontals in the decades that followed the passing of the Church Reform Act in 1829.’
    • ‘The Lincoln incident happened during Evensong on Tuesday when a Victorian oak altar and a 40-year-old altar frontal were set ablaze in the Morning Chapel in the minster's north west corner.’
    • ‘While most of the panels were made to embellish walls in domestic settings, some were altar frontals.’
    • ‘The Museum conserves some very important guadamacil pieces, especially the really exceptional collection of altar frontals from various churches within the diocese of Vic.’
    • ‘Fig.2 shows an inlaid altar frontal (now in the form of a table top) for a Christian church, decorated with similar trees and flanking elephants and human figures.’
    • ‘Changing frontals is extremely easy and can be done by one person without disturbing the altar furnishings.’
    • ‘Altar frontals may be decorated with a series of orphreys in a contrasting fabric.’
    • ‘Also on show is the Minster's great processional banner, which is only used at the most important services of the year, and an array of vestments and altar frontals containing emblems of the Passion and used during Lent.’
    • ‘The altar frontal was given by the Parochial Church Council.’
    • ‘Our altar frontals can be chosen from the existing designs below or can be designed to be in harmony with the church or building's setting.’
    • ‘These gifts included altar frontals, wall hangings, bench covers, candlesticks, and a Bible, and joined a long list of items and estates the two had granted to Worcester in the years prior to Leofric's death.’
    • ‘There are also some lovely altar frontals, a crimson velvet one embroidered in gold by the daughter of Dean Kearney who was Rector from 1876-1912.’
    • ‘In addition, he provided an altar frontal, or paliotto, a fragment of which Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi has convincingly identified in the Madonna and Child now in the Palazzo Capponi.’
    • ‘From behind her cottage in Steeple Langford, she and five other women hand stitch beautiful altar frontals, which take about 18 months to complete.’
    • ‘Like the majority of the frontals it is divided into one large central section running all the way from top to bottom, and six smaller lateral sections.’
    drape, curtain, drop, drop cloth, drop curtain, drop scene, tableau curtain, dossal
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Origin

Middle English (denoting a band or ornament worn on the forehead): from Old French frontel, from Latin frontale, from frons, front- ‘front, forehead’.

Pronunciation

frontal

/ˈfrʌnt(ə)l/