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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a desperate/frantic search
▪ After the war, many people returned to rural areas in a desperate search for food.
a hectic/frantic pace (=a very fast and hurried speed)
▪ We worked at a hectic pace.
a mad/frantic dash (=very fast, usually because you are worried about something)
▪ ‘Something’s burning’, she said, making a mad dash for the kitchen.
be sick/frantic with worry
▪ The girl's mother was sick with worry over her missing daughter.
▪ And a more frantic presence was trapped behind the skirting board.
▪ Urquhart's muffled groans became more frantic.
▪ Voices, music, sirens, horns were louder, brasher, more frantic.
▪ Next morning, Mildred was jolted awake by the bell ringing in a much more frantic way than usual.
▪ Her passivity only made him more frantic.
▪ The night was getting more and more frantic.
▪ After a month's frantic activity we now had an office, but we needed some one to run it.
▪ The previous day had been one of frantic activity.
▪ Much of the frantic activity in the share register can be attributed to the arbitrageurs rather than the titans of the motor industry.
▪ Sitting in the greenhouse with her seedlings, she was safe from the frantic activity in the house.
▪ I would stop the frantic activity and just follow the leads that came my way.
▪ In 1961 Cape Canaveral was a scene of frantic activity.
▪ Staff made frantic attempts to revive him but he is thought to have suffered a massive heart attack.
▪ Despite Zborowski's frantic efforts to sell his work, Modigliani's living was still very precarious.
▪ But despite his frantic efforts he was unable to pull her free.
▪ Ignoring her frantic efforts to break free, he'd tossed his charge card down on to the counter.
▪ His body had now completely relaxed after his frantic efforts with Molly a few minutes before.
▪ We felt like gods as we surveyed the distraught insects' frantic efforts to remove precious eggs from sight.
▪ This afternoon frantic efforts were being made to sort out the confusion.
▪ It posed a problem for Charman because he could not sustain the song's frantic pace.
▪ Change continues at a frantic pace, and many voters are waiting till the last minute to make decisions.
▪ The fourth-round replay began at a frantic pace and burst into life after 12 minutes.
▪ That threat set the frantic pace at Los Alamos.
▪ The path continues to the Strid - a spectacular chasm where the Wharfe reaches a frantic pace.
▪ Then there would be a frantic rush to grab an armful of branches and beat out the flames.
▪ The frantic search for trainers past is simply a reaction against the shit trainers syndrome!
▪ His body was erroneously producing a flood of white blood cells in a frantic search for a disease that did not exist.
▪ The two girls decide instead to opt for a frantic search for their long-lost father.
▪ Theatres, cinemas and restaurants in the area were also evacuated as police launched a frantic search and found the B-registration van.
▪ Stretched on the concrete of the yard I gasped and groaned in a frantic search for breath.
▪ A frantic note had crept into Jane's voice.
▪ Before the game there was a frantic rush to get the last few remaining tickets.
▪ Her eyes were frantic with fear, and she couldn't keep still.
▪ I spent three frantic days getting everything ready for Christmas.
▪ Inspector Grimes was used to dealing with frantic parents.
▪ People were frantic, trying to call relatives after the earthquake.
▪ The dog's barking grew frantic as I approached.
▪ The knocking on the door and shouts became frantic.
▪ The staff spent three frantic days trying to get everything ready.
▪ There is still no news of the missing child and her parents are getting frantic.
▪ Throughout the night, everyone mopped floors and washed wall in a frantic effort to clean the place up for the inspectors.
▪ A stupendous cinema epic, reduced to a sort of frantic scurrying in a goldfish bowl, might merely seem ridiculous.
▪ Hannah was a little less apt to become frantic in busy places, such as shopping malls and grocery stores.
▪ I would have called, but the last few weeks have been frantic.
▪ It has to be here already, thought Fenella, trying to quiet the frantic thudding of her heart.
▪ Some time ago I received a frantic telephone call from Carol, who had undergone successful hypnotic treatment about two years earlier.
▪ There are vague, frantic movements inside the car, which is sinking faster now.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Frantic \Fran"tic\, a. [OE. frentik, frenetik, F. frentique, L. phreneticus, from Gr. ?. See Frenzy, and cf. Frenetic, Phrenetic.] Mad; raving; furious; violent; wild and disorderly; distracted.

Die, frantic wretch, for this accursed deed!

Torrents of frantic abuse.
--Macaulay. -- Fran"tic*al*ly, adv. -- Fran"tic*ly, adv.
--Shak. -- Fran"tic*ness, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., "insane," unexplained variant of Middle English frentik (see frenetic). Compare franzy, dialectal form of frenzy. Transferred meaning "affected by wild excitement" is from late 15c. Of the adverbial forms, frantically (1749) is later than franticly (1540s).


a. 1 (context now rare English) insane, mentally unstable. 2 In a state of panic, worry, frenzy or rush. 3 Extremely energetic

  1. adj. excessively agitated; transported with rage or other violent emotion; "frantic with anger and frustration"; "frenetic screams followed the accident"; "a frenzied look in his eye" [syn: frenetic, phrenetic, frenzied]

  2. marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion; "a crowd of delirious baseball fans"; "something frantic in their gaiety"; "a mad whirl of pleasure" [syn: delirious, excited, mad, unrestrained]

Frantic (film)
For 1958 French film aka Frantic in USA, see Elevator to the Gallows''

Frantic is a 1988 American-French mystery thriller film directed by Roman Polanski and starring Harrison Ford and Emmanuelle Seigner. The theme was written, arranged and performed by Simply Red.

Frantic (song)

"Frantic" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica off their 2003 album St. Anger.


Frantic may refer to:

  • Frantic (film), a 1988 film directed by Roman Polanski and starring Harrison Ford
  • Frantic Films, a Canadian Visual Effects company
  • "Frantic" (song), a song by Metallica
  • "Frantic" (album), an album by British singer Bryan Ferry
  • Frantic, an album by Scottish band Gun
  • Operation Frantic, World War II shuttle bombing missions
  • Frantic Factory, the third level in Donkey Kong 64
  • Frantic Magazine, a monthly humour and parody magazine, published in the UK by Marvel UK from 1979 to 1980
Frantic (album)

Frantic is the eleventh studio album by British singer Bryan Ferry, the former lead vocalist for Roxy Music. It was released on Virgin Records in 2002. The majority of tracks were produced by the team of Rhett Davies, Colin Good, and Bryan Ferry; David A. Stewart and Robin Trower also co-produced several tracks.

Frantic (video game)

Frantic is a Commodore VIC-20 space shoot-em-up video game published by Imagine Software in 1982. The game involves the player piloting a space ship whilst trying to keep an X and Y axis centered on the enemy, which enters the field of play at varying speeds and directions. Slower enemies appear horizontally and quicker enemies diagonally. The game's title alludes to the fact that the game is timed, as fuel levels deplete during play.Centering the X and Y axis to target enemies involves engaging thrusters which in turn burns fuel. The game can be played with either a joystick or keyboard.

The game was released in cassette form only and was initially priced at £5.50.

Frantic (Jenkins and LaHaye novel)

Frantic is a book by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, famous Christian authors. It covers volumes 20-22 in the Left Behind: The Kids series, which tells about the lives of people living in the end of the world. It is book six of the twelve-book series, and was published in 2004. This novel starts when strange, demon locusts are trying to get into the Young Trib Force hideout. The Christians there know that they are safe from the locusts, but the unbelievers are not. The locusts can sting non-believers, but they cannot kill them. Will the believers be able to stop the locusts from stinging their friends?

In Israel, Judd Thompson Jr. was on a plane when the locusts appear. When he finds out that nobody on the plane is a true believer in Christ, he thinks of a plan to get the people off the plane safely. Will he be able to save the passengers from the locusts, or will they have to endure unimaginable pain from the demons' deadly stings?

Nicolae Carpathia shows his evil ways as he blames this judgment from God, once again, on the Christians. Everyday, Nicolae gets more and more famous, but also more and more a threat to the Christians. The people all around the world panic as the demons sting their victims one by one. The Young Trib Force risk their lives to help others learn the truth while they avoid the tightening grip of the Global Community forces.

Category:Left Behind series Category:2004 American novels Category:American young adult novels Category:American Christian novels

Usage examples of "frantic".

The cloak had not put out the fire entirely, though, and quenching the flames that sprang up here and there had entailed a great deal of excitement and rushing about, in the course of which Orrie McCallum was misplaced, toddled off, and fell into the groundhog kiln, where he was foundmany frantic minutes laterby Rollo.

Bellis could imagine their frantic work gauging aetherial currents, stoking and conjuring.

Her dog, a brindle-colored Lhasa apso, began a frantic search for something, flinging sand in all directions.

Whenever tetracycline appears in the neighborhood, a Bacteroides transposon goes into overdrive, manufacturing R-plasmids at a frantic rate and then passing them to other bacteria in an orgy of sexual encounters a hundred times more frequent than normal.

With a twinge of sympathy he wondered what ghem-Colonel Benin was doing right now, and if Cetagandan security went as frantic behind the scenes as Barrayaran security did at any ceremony involving Emperor Gregor.

The frantic brownette uttered a choking cry and meekly lowered her arms to her sides.

I am thundering across brown plains, the entire herd of frantic, brown buffalos are at my rear.

Two months ago, when the frantic urgency which governed Aberdale while the cabins were going up and the fields were being levelled had abated, he had taught her how to ride.

Britannia had been conquered by foot-slogging legionaries, heavy infantry that crushed every attack the frantic Celts could throw at them.

He ducked beneath the colonnade of the Basilica Porcia, where frantic merchants were trying to disassemble their stalls, and worked his way into the Clivus Argentarius.

They were invisible, clots of air itself, Cutter realised, thrown down from the fight above, the torn-off meat of an air elemental discarded by an implacable air golem, the hands of a golem bitten through by a frantic luftgeist.

Sulu dashed frantic looks in all directions, expecting Coan to appear like an avenging angel and shrivel him with a glance.

The frantic gesticulations they surprised now and then, the headlong pace after nightfall that swept him upon them round quiet corners, the inhuman bludgeoning of all tentative advances of curiosity, the taste for twilight that led to the closing of doors, the pulling down of blinds, the extinction of candles and lamps--who could agree with such goings on?

In five minutes the dull noise of the curbstone market in Broad Street had leapt to a high note of frantic interrogation.

Frantic, Danaus pushed and shouted at her, slipped his helmet, got himself tangled and turned around.