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Front of fortification

Front \Front\ (fr[u^]nt), n. [F. frant forehead, L. frons, frontis; perh. akin to E. brow.]

  1. The forehead or brow, the part of the face above the eyes; sometimes, also, the whole face.

    Bless'd with his father's front, his mother's tongue.

    Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled front.

    His front yet threatens, and his frowns command.

  2. The forehead, countenance, or personal presence, as expressive of character or temper, and especially, of boldness of disposition, sometimes of impudence; seeming; as, a bold front; a hardened front; hence, an attitude and demeanor intended to represent one's feelings, even if not actually felt; as, to put on a good front.

    With smiling fronts encountering.

    The inhabitants showed a bold front.

  3. The part or surface of anything which seems to look out, or to be directed forward; the fore or forward part; the foremost rank; the van; -- the opposite to back or rear; as, the front of a house; the front of an army.

    Had he his hurts before? Ay, on the front.

  4. A position directly before the face of a person, or before the foremost part of a thing; as, in front of un person, of the troops, or of a house.

  5. The most conspicuous part.

    The very head and front of my offending.

  6. That which covers the foremost part of the head: a front piece of false hair worn by women.

    Like any plain Miss Smith's, who wears s front.
    --Mrs. Browning.

  7. The beginning. ``Summer's front.''

  8. (Fort.) All the works along one side of the polygon inclosing the site which is fortified.

  9. (Phon.) The middle of the upper part of the tongue, -- the part of the tongue which is more or less raised toward the palate in the pronunciation of certain sounds, as the vowel i in machine, e in bed, and consonant y in you. See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect

  10. 10. The call boy whose turn it is to answer the call, which is often the word ``front,'' used as an exclamation.

    Bastioned front (Mil.), a curtain connerting two half bastions.

    Front door, the door in the front wall of a building, usually the principal entrance.

    Front of fortification, the works constructed upon any one side of a polygon.

    Front of operations, all that part of the field of operations in front of the successive positions occupied by the army as it moves forward.

    To come to the front, to attain prominence or leadership.