front·​line | \ ˈfrənt-ˌlīn \

Definition of frontline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to, being, or involved in a front line frontline ambulances
2 : first-rate frontline teachers also : first-string a frontline goalie

front line


Definition of front line (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a military line formed by the most advanced tactical combat units also : front sense 2a(2)
b : an area of potential or actual conflict or struggle
2 : the most advanced, responsible, or visible position in a field or activity

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Examples of frontline in a Sentence


if I'm having brain surgery, I want it done at a frontline hospital


These researchers are on the front line of defense against cancer. She has been working on the front lines to educate the poor.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Since then, the Koreas dismantled their frontline propaganda loudspeakers, restored a military hotline and held their first general-level talks since 2007. Fox News, "Rival Koreas' generals discuss easing military confrontation," 30 July 2018 Since then, the Koreas dismantled their frontline propaganda loudspeakers, restored a military hotline and held their first general-level talks since 2007. Hyung-jin Kim, The Seattle Times, "Rival Koreas’ generals discuss easing military confrontation," 30 July 2018 The program, which began on Friday, adds 200 frontline officers to the night shift over the summer, CTV reported. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "A Toronto Shooting Left 2 Dead and 13 Injured," 23 July 2018 Antipsychotics are the frontline pharmacological treatment for schizophrenia, according to the Mayo Clinic. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "9 Things You Should Know About Taking Antipsychotic Drugs," 7 Dec. 2018 But this trend changed again as medical technology improved and frontline fighting after 9/11 increased. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Man With a Knife for an Arm," 14 Aug. 2018 Microsoft has positioned the Surface Go as an ideal system for frontline workers: people who may be out in the field on customer or other remote sites. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Surface Go with integrated LTE available for preorder now, from $679," 12 Nov. 2018 The heavy truck will be delivered to a rough, frontline airfield where only one airplane can operate at a time under threat of military action. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The C-130J Super Hercules Is Ready for the Worst," 9 Oct. 2018 As Jeff Merkley's experience with Tom Coburn attests, frontline health care workers are usually well-versed in the benefits of breastfeeding. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With strategic bombing, the aim was relatively simple: instead of sending an aircraft to hit an artillery piece on the front line, it could be sent to bomb the factory that produced the artillery piece. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Five Innovations to Emerge From the First World War," 11 Nov. 2018 Bavaria was on the front line of the crisis when hundreds of thousands of mostly muslim refugees streamed across the state’s border with Austria in the summer of 2015. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Merkel, Already Wobbling, Faces Fresh Blow in Historical Stronghold," 12 Oct. 2018 Both boys were child soldiers forcibly enlisted by Houthi rebels and put to work carrying ammunition and supplies to the front lines. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "2018, explained in pictures by women and non-binary photographers," 21 Dec. 2018 Many are young folks who have been on the front lines of social change and protests and refuse to compromise their politics for the sake of liberalism. Clarissa Brooks, Teen Vogue, "Nonvoters Have Valid Criticisms of the United States Government," 16 Nov. 2018 Located 60 miles from the Syrian border, the base’s proximity to the front lines allows coalition strike missions to stay in the air longer without refueling and to react more quickly. WSJ, "Turkey Is and Has Been a Reliable NATO Member," 19 Aug. 2018 Agriculture is among industries on the front lines because a warming climate changes the crops that farmers can plant, affecting the productivity and value of their land. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "A Warming Climate Brings New Crops to Frigid Zones," 25 Nov. 2018 Neurologists on the front lines have felt powerless, watching their patients disappear into the sinkhole of forgetfulness. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 More than 80,000 people have died in the war, according to some estimates, and the Ethiopian prime minister was among thousands who fought on the front lines. Selam Gebrekidan, New York Times, "Ethiopia and Eritrea, Longtime Foes, Meet for Peace Talks," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of frontline


1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of front line

: an area where soldiers are fighting

: the most important and active position in a job or field of activity

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