fron·​tal | \ ˈfrən-tᵊl How to pronounce frontal (audio) \

Definition of frontal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 [Middle English frontel, from Medieval Latin frontellum, diminutive of Latin front-, frons] : a cloth hanging over the front of an altar



Definition of frontal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or adjacent to the forehead or the frontal bone
2a : of, relating to, or situated at the front
b : directed against the front or at the main point or issue : direct frontal assault
3 : parallel to the main axis of the body and at right angles to the sagittal plane
4 : of or relating to a meteorological front

Other Words from frontal


frontally \ ˈfrən-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce frontal (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for frontal

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of frontal in a Sentence

Adjective most cars have the engine in the frontal part
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Higher levels of stress are found in the hypothalamus; lower stress are found in the dorsal lateral frontal cortex. Fox News, 29 May 2020 At the same time, the brain dampens the ability of our mid- and frontal cortex to use logic, criticize or think clearly. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 14 Feb. 2020 The workout takes your body through all planes of motion: sagittal (forward/backward), frontal (side to side) and transverse (rotating), as well as fundamental movements like squat, hinge, push and pull. Dana Santas, CNN, 24 Apr. 2020 From here, pending approval by Union Pacific, the bridge will cross over the river and the final 1,800-foot leg completed to provide a full frontal of Mossbrae Falls. Tom Stienstra,, 15 Mar. 2020 Following the frontal passage early Thursday, high pressure will build in from the Tennessee Valley with clearing skies and much lower humidity., 28 Aug. 2019 The good news is that this frontal system is moving into the Plains today and will bring some showers to the area which should help ease the fire conditions in the region. Daniel Manzo, ABC News, 8 Mar. 2020 Before Euphoria premiered, the world knew one thing about the brand new HBO show: there is a locker room scene with about 30 full-frontal penises flopping about. Ariana Romero,, 24 June 2019 Since the frontal cortex of an adolescent brain is still developing, teenagers aren’t fully able to reason or control impulses. Joelle Renstrom, The Conversation, 22 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The strong low pressure system that brought wind and rain to the Pacific Northwest beginning Sunday night continues to push a potent frontal system into the metro area Monday. oregonlive, 4 Apr. 2022 The same frontal system and developing storm center that brought us snow has been wreking havoc at the PGA’s first big golf tournament of the year. Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2022 The Pam & Tommy moment arrives amid a wave of films and TV shows that feature male full-frontal nudity. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Mar. 2022 This fictional Playgirl is a breeding ground for great comedy and drama, including perhaps the most full-frontal male nudity ever seen on television in a single episode. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2022 Minx does not lack for full-frontal male nudity, as if creator Ellen Rapoport were trying to make this one show into a corrective for decades of cable and streaming dramas using naked women as background scenery. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 15 Mar. 2022 It’s no longer a shock, or even much of a surprise, to see full-frontal male nudity in a reckless youth comedy. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 2 Feb. 2022 There’s an argument to be made that TV is art and these full-frontal expressions are paint strokes in the frieze of a show. Raven Smith, Vogue, 26 Jan. 2022 The latest costume for Hollywood’s leading men: Nothing. Male full-frontal nudity, once the stuff of art-house films, is going mainstream. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of frontal


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for frontal


New Latin frontalis, from Latin front-, frons

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More Definitions for frontal


fron·​tal | \ ˈfrən-tᵊl How to pronounce frontal (audio) \

Kids Definition of frontal

: of or directed at a front a frontal attack


fron·​tal | \ ˈfrənt-ᵊl How to pronounce frontal (audio) \

Medical Definition of frontal

1 : of, relating to, or adjacent to the forehead or the frontal bone
2 : of, relating to, or situated at the front or anteriorly
3 : parallel to the main axis of the body and at right angles to the sagittal plane a frontal plane

Other Words from frontal

frontally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce frontal (audio) \ adverb

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