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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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, "Where does stress live in the brain? Scientists may have the answer," 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, "Are you in love or just high on chemicals in your brain? Answer: Yes," 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, "Five household items you can use to work out your whole body," 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,, "Showdown over waterfall trail leaves hikers at risk," 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., "Showers and possibly heavy downpours at times Wednesday," 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, "Potent storm headed to California, spring-like temperatures for Eastern US," 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,, "Thinking Through Euphoria Season 1, Episode 2: "Stuntin' Like My Daddy"," 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, "Is secondhand screen time the new secondhand smoking?," 22 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective After decades of headlong frontal assaults while wildly shooting from the hip, stormtroopers have at last stumbled upon basic tactics. Angry Staff Officer, Wired, "Hold Everything: Stormtroopers Have Discovered Tactics," 9 Dec. 2020 Behind the frontal boundary -- which is a separation of air masses -- cold air will turn the moisture into snow and ice across West Texas. Adam Klotz, Fox News, "Winter storm heads east after bringing heavy snow to central US," 31 Dec. 2020 Prior studies have also found unusual electroencephalographic patterns in the frontal lobes of children, along with changes in the white matter responsible for organizing communication between the various parts of the brain. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Stress during pregnancy may harm unborn baby's brain, studies find," 7 Dec. 2020 Nevertheless, booster seat makers in the U.S. need only to subject their seats to crash tests that mimic the forces of a frontal collision. Patricia Callahan, ProPublica, "Congressional Investigation Finds Many Booster Seat Makers “Endangered” Children’s Lives After Review of “Meaningless Safety Testing”," 11 Dec. 2020 In the event of a crash, Takata frontal passenger air bag inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for Dec. 3-10: More than 400K vehicles from Kia, Hyundai recalled," 11 Dec. 2020 These positioning devices are not intended to change vehicle seat belt function in side impacts, frontal impacts or other car crashes. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Congressional probe raises safety concerns about booster seats," 10 Dec. 2020 The next frontal system is likely to spread valley rain and mountain snow beginning late tonight and into Wednesday. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday weather: Chance for freezing fog, then cloudy; high 42," 29 Dec. 2020 The large frontal area is designed for rapid upset but not great penetration. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "An Old-School Western Mule Deer Hunt, in Memory of Two Midwestern Dads," 13 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of frontal was in the 14th century

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“Frontal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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 frontal (audio) \ adverb

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