Main definitions of frontal in English

: frontal1frontal2

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adjective

  • 1Of or at the front.

    ‘the frontal view misses the octagonal tower’
    • ‘One third of the weight gain is attributable to structural reinforcements added to insure favorable results in an offset frontal collision.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These tadpoles have large frontal eyes and probably direct their prey capture strikes visually.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A typical Egyptian two-dimensional view of the body depicts the head and legs in profile, with a frontal view of the torso.’
    • ‘Although both Newman and Fagg use a direct frontal pose, the results are strikingly different: one is expressive, the other documentary.’
    • ‘Each features a high-strength steel reinforced torque box that prevents the front tires from intruding into the passenger compartment in a frontal collision.’
    • ‘This work is almost a double portrait: a frontal view of Henriette's face and the reflection of her profile in the mirror.’
    • ‘Moreover, whereas the frontal view is savage and vehement, this head is gentle and dreamy, even pretty, expressing an entirely different mood.’
    • ‘In their strong colors, direct frontal poses, and careful detailing, the Burnett likenesses are typical of Johnson's best work.’
    • ‘Seeing his frontal view, realization hit me as I turned around.’
    • ‘The scene changes to a close-up of Zack from a low frontal point of view.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These new frame rails are filled with structural foam in key areas to control crush, especially in offset frontal collisions.’
    front, advance, foremost, head, leading
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    1. 1.1 (of an attack) delivered directly on the front, not the side or back.
      ‘a frontal assault upon the Iraqi fortifications’
      • ‘He did not film again in New Guinea for more than a year, so he missed covering the bloody frontal assaults on Buna and Gona, ordered by MacArthur, in which the 39th Militia was again severely mauled.’
      • ‘A second variant was the frontal attack while a flanking maneuver was launched.’
      • ‘Supported, armed and otherwise equipped by sections within the Sudanese armed forces, the Janjaweed directed a frontal assault on the general African population in Darfur.’
      • ‘Where were the largest environmental groups to counter this frontal assault on environmental education?’
      • ‘Rather, generals should take advantage of tanks and trucks to drive around the enemy and eventually encircle him, while often keeping them busy with a small frontal attack.’
      • ‘The Ravager can go into Fortress Mode, where it extends the side armor plates to the front, making it virtually invulnerable from frontal attacks, but very exposed at the sides.’
      • ‘The Allies were reluctant to launch a direct frontal assault ©’
      • ‘It is clear that the Arab leaders are pulling around the wagons and launching a vigorous diplomatic campaign to forestall a US frontal attack on Iraq.’
      • ‘It is assumed this order referred to guns on the Vorontsov Heights, but Cardigan understood it to require a direct frontal charge down the valley.’
      • ‘In late March 1972 North Vietnam launched a direct frontal assault across the DMZ into South Vietnam.’
      • ‘The 1864 Overland Campaign was much more than simply launching frontal attacks between the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia.’
      • ‘The engines flared up with a bright purple-violet glow, and the cruiser dashed to a frontal attack, all cannons shooting.’
      • ‘For example, a direct frontal blow can depress the dorsum of the nose, causing the fractured bones to telescope posteriorly.’
      • ‘Aggressive behaviors included pecking the male, bill snapping, reverse mounting, and frontal attack, which resulted in aerial grappling.’
      • ‘Clowes played another patient game, refusing temptation to frontal attacks, conserving his forces to defend the vital airstrip newly completed by American engineers.’
      • ‘In Daito-ryu, the first technique you learn is called ippondori, a difficult technique where you receive, barehanded, the frontal attack of your opponent.’
      • ‘He tightened his arm guards and stood in a stance which gave the kid options for both a side and frontal attack.’
      • ‘Even when he turned the Turks out of Kut-el-Amara, his extreme left had to make a frontal attack in forcing a passage over the Tigris River at the Shumran Bend, West of Kut, where the losses were serious.’
      • ‘The remnants died in frontal attacks last March and April and foreign fighters would have been killed without an Iraqi support network.’
      • ‘The US military has indicated it is preparing for a frontal assault on Sadr.’
    2. 1.2 Relating to the forehead or front part of the skull.
      ‘the frontal sinuses’
      • ‘Other symptoms may include chills, anorexia, generalized or frontal headache, severe myalgia and arthralgia, weakness, and fatigue.’
      • ‘The presenting complaint was of recurrent right frontal headaches.’
      • ‘The frontal sinuses are on either side of the forehead, above the eyes.’
      • ‘He was started on intravenous antibiotics and underwent external frontal sinusotomy to decompress the adjacent infected frontal sinus.’
      • ‘A 32 year old woman comes to you complaining of recurrent frontal headaches.’
      • ‘Clinical findings during early childhood may include macrocephaly and frontal bossing (unusually prominent forehead).’
      • ‘He subsequently developed plasmacytomas of his thoracic spinal canal, right orbit, and frontal sinuses.’
      • ‘Ethmoid and frontal sinus mucocoeles present commonly with symptoms and signs caused by displacement of adjacent structures.’
      • ‘Hyperostosis frontalis interna may extend into the diploë but does not involve the external lamina or the posterior wall of the frontal sinus.’
      • ‘The mass was centred in the anterior ethmoidal air cell and extended to the lateral margin of the right 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.’
      • ‘During the craniotomy, severe swelling and profuse bleeding from the sagittal sinus and deep frontal area developed.’
      • ‘There were no procedures on the frontal sinuses.’
      • ‘It has also been reported in other parts of the skull, such as the frontal and maxillary sinuses and orbit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The concentration of androgen receptor and 5 reductase activities in frontal hair follicles is greater than in occipital follicles.’
      • ‘Cranial magnetic resonance imaging showed a giant intracranial parasagittal frontal tumour eroding through the top of the skull.’
      • ‘However, to access the maxillary, ethmoid and frontal sinus, the sheep's middle turbinate needs to be removed.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

frontal

/ˈfrən(t)l//ˈfrən(t)l/

Main definitions of frontal in English

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frontal2

noun

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

    • ‘Changing frontals is extremely easy and can be done by one person without disturbing the altar furnishings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Altar frontals may be decorated with a series of orphreys in a contrasting fabric.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Museum conserves some very important guadamacil pieces, especially the really exceptional collection of altar frontals from various churches within the diocese of Vic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The altar frontal was given by the Parochial Church Council.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While most of the panels were made to embellish walls in domestic settings, some were altar frontals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From behind her cottage in Steeple Langford, she and five other women hand stitch beautiful altar frontals, which take about 18 months to complete.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/ˈfrən(t)l//ˈfrən(t)l/