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

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Other Words from frontal


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for frontal

Synonyms: Adjective

anterior, fore, forward, front, frontward (or frontwards)

Antonyms: Adjective

aft, after, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rear, rearward

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Examples of frontal in a Sentence


most cars have the engine in the frontal part

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While Friday will be mostly sunny and hot, there is a frontal system heading in our direction for Saturday with showers and thunderstorms., "Friday will be mostly sunny and hot," 28 June 2019 Studies show that the adolescent brain is significantly different than an adult brain in that the frontal cortex is still developing. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Are Teenagers Having As Much Sex as "Riverdale" Thinks They Are?," 16 May 2019 Once openings appeared that were large enough to move a soldier through, the main frontal assault could begin. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 Housed in an original Cape Edwardian mansion, the adults-only property offers full-frontal ocean views and one of the best private art collections in South Africa. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Days of Deals: U.S. to Cape Town for $549 Round-Trip," 24 Dec. 2018 Frontotemporal dementia: This group of diseases is marked by the breakdown of nerve cells in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, which are usually linked with personality, behavior, and language. Korin Miller, SELF, "What’s the Difference Between Normal Age-Related Memory Decline and Signs of Dementia?," 26 Oct. 2018 The full-frontal comes to us courtesy of Batman: Damned #1, the first in a new limited series about the coc — *chokes* CAPED crusader. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Thanks, I hate it," 21 Sep. 2018 Kim posts a full-frontal pic wearing nothing but controversial cornrows, a luxe fur coat, and a teeny tiny thong. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Here's Every Single Time Kim Kardashian Has Posted Naked Pics on Instagram," 19 July 2018 Sempervirens Falls, short, narrow chute into pool, Big Basin Redwoods State Park; Castle Rock Falls, 50-foot free fall with viewing platform for side view (not a full frontal), Castle Rock State Park, Skyline (above Los Gatos). Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "As winter arrives, rain ignites waterfalls across Northern California," 18 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For Connecticut, there will be a frontal system moving through the state today with mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms., "Afternoon showers and thunderstorms expected," 29 June 2019 The Democratic field is so vast, and the thirst for media attention so immense, that one of the candidates may soon mount a frontal assault against Mr. Biden. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Democratic Candidates Go After Joe Biden, but Not by Name," 6 June 2019 Once the frontal system moves off to the east, high pressure over the Ohio Valley will ridge into the state, bringing a clearing sky., "Frontal system will cause lingering showers," 10 June 2019 For frontal crashes, the NCAP tests cars by ramming them at 35 miles per hour into object that is the full width of the vehicle. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee Both Got "Poor" Marks in Crash Test," 12 June 2018 In a new report, Kennedy's former colleagues remember some of their favorite moments from working at George—including John's full-frontal photo shoot with Kate Moss, and the time John asked Madonna to dress up as his mother. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Jackie Kennedy Helped John F. Kennedy, Jr. Start George Magazine," 10 Apr. 2019 The speech was a frontal assault on the Senate Democrats, delivered to a room of business leaders who were the backbone of support for Republicans who once dominated the island’s nine-seat delegation. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Honeymoon Ends for Albany’s Democratic Leaders," 10 Feb. 2019 The Western influence is more pronounced toward the end of the exhibition as large full frontal portraits of kings in the Western tradition replace miniature paintings. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 The frontal passage doesn’t do much except slightly reduce the humidity Tuesday night, which stays mild with lows in the 70s. Brian Jackson, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Hot temps and humidity build today, with heat index near 100-105 tomorrow," 17 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of frontal

: relating to the front of something : directed at the front
: relating to or showing the front of the human body


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

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

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