Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
2. (Arch.) A little pediment over a door or window.
3. (Eccl.) A movable, decorative member in metal, carved wood, or, commonly, in rich stuff or in embroidery, covering the front of the altar. Frontals are usually changed according to the different ceremonies.
4. (Med.) A medicament or application for the forehead. [Obs.]
5. (Anat.) The frontal bone, or one of the two frontal bones, of the cranium.
Frontal hammer ∨ helve, a forge hammer lifted by a cam, acting upon a tongue" immediately in front of the hammer head.
Fron"tate (?), Fron'ta*ted (?), a. Growing broader and broader, as a leaf; truncate.
Front"ed (?), a. Formed with a front; drawn up in line. Fronted brigades."
Fron"tier (?), n. [F. fronti\'8are, LL. frontaria. See Front.]
1. That part of a country which fronts or faces another country or an unsettled region; the marches; the border, confine, or extreme part of a country, bordering on another country; the border of the settled and cultivated part of a country; as, the frontier of civilization.
2. (Fort.) An outwork. [Obs.]
Palisadoes, frontiers, parapets.
1. Lying on the exterior part; bordering; conterminous; as, a frontier town.
2. Of or relating to a frontier. Frontier experience."
Fron"tier, v. i. To constitute or form a frontier; to have a frontier; -- with on. [Obs.]
Sir W. Temple.
Fron"tiered (?), p. a. Placed on the frontiers. [R.]
Floa"tiers*man (?), n.; pl. Frontiersmen (). A man living on the frontier.
Fron`ti*gnac" (?), Fron`ti`gnan" (), n. [So called from Frontignan, a town in Southern France.]
1. A sweet muscadine wine made in Frontignan (Languedoc), France.
2. (Bot.) A grape of many varieties and colors.
Front"ing*ly (?), adv. In a fronting or facing position; opposingly.
Fron`tin*iac" (?), n. See Frontignac.
Fron"tis*piece (?), n. [F. frontispice, LL. frontispicium beginning, front of a church, fr. L. frons front + spicere, specere, to look at, view: cf. It. frontispizio. See Front and Spy.] The part which first meets the eye; as: (a) (Arch.) The principal front of a building. [Obs. or R.] (b) An ornamental figure or illustration fronting the first page, or titlepage, of a book; formerly, the titlepage itself.
Front"less (?), a. Without face or front; shameless; not diffident; impudent. [Obs.] Frontless vice." Dryden. Frontless flattery." Pope.
Front"less*ly, adv. Shamelessly; impudently. [Obs.]
Front"let (?), n. [OF. frontelet brow band, dim. of frontel, frontal. See Frontal, n.]
1. A frontal or brow band; a fillet or band worn on the forehead.
They shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
Deut. vi. 8.
2. A frown (likened to a frontlet). [R. & Poetic]
What makes that frontlet on? Methinks you are too much of late i' the frown.
3. (Zoöl.) The margin of the head, behind the bill of birds, often bearing rigid bristles.
Fron"to- (?). [L. frons, frontis, the forehead.] (Anat.) A combining form signifying relating to the forehead or the frontal bone; as, fronto-parietal, relating to the frontal and the parietal bones; fronto-nasal, etc.
Fron`ton" (?), n. [F., a pediment. See Front.] (Arch.) Same as Frontal, 2.
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Frop"pish (?), a. [Cf. Frap, Frape.] Peevish; froward. [Obs.]
Frore (?), adv. [See Frorn.] Frostily. [Obs.]
The parching air
Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
Frorn (?), p. a. [AS. froren, p. p. of freósun to freeze. See Freeze.] Frozen. [Obs.]
Well nigh frorn I feel.
Fro"ry (?), a. [AS. freórig. See Frorn.]
1. Frozen; stiff with cold. [Obs.]
2. Covered with a froth like hoarfrost. [Archaic]
The foaming steed with frory bit to steer.
Frost (?), n. [OE. frost, forst, AS. forst, frost. fr. freósan to freeze; akin to D. varst, G., OHG., Icel., Dan., & Sw. frost. √18. See Freeze, v. i.]
1. The act of freezing; -- applied chiefly to the congelation of water; congelation of fluids.
2. The state or temperature of the air which occasions congelation, or the freezing of water; severe cold or freezing weather.
The third bay comes a frost, a killing frost.
3. Frozen dew; -- called also hoarfrost or white frost.
He scattereth the frost like ashes.
Ps. cxlvii. 16.
4. Coldness or insensibility; severity or rigidity of character. [R.]
It was of those moments of intense feeling when the frost of the Scottish people melts like a snow wreath.
Sir W. Scott.
Black frost, cold so intense as to freeze vegetation and cause it to turn black, without the formation of hoarfrost. -- Frost bearer (Physics), a philosophical instrument illustrating the freezing of water in a vacuum; a cryophous. -- Frost grape (Bot.), an American grape, with very small, acid berries. -- Frost lamp, a lamp placed below the oil tube of an Argand lamp to keep the oil limpid on cold nights; -- used especially in lighthouses. Knight. -- Frost nail, a nail with a sharp head driven into a horse's shoe to keen him from slipping. -- Frost smoke, an appearance resembling smoke, caused by congelation of vapor in the atmosphere in time of severe cold.
The brig and the ice round her are covered by a strange black
obscurity: it is the frost smoke of arctic winters.
-- Frost valve, a valve to drain the portion of a pipe, hydrant, pump, etc., where water would be liable to freeze. -- Jack Frost, a popular personification of frost.
Frost (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Frostted; p. pr. & vb. n. Frosting.]
1. To injure by frost; to freeze, as plants.
2. To cover with hoarfrost; to produce a surface resembling frost upon, as upon cake, metals, or glass.
While with a hoary light she frosts the ground.
3. To roughen or sharpen, as the nail heads or calks of horseshoes, so as to fit them for frosty weather.
Frost"bird (?), n. (Zoöl.) The golden plover.
Frost"bite (?), n. The freezing, or effect of a freezing, of some part of the body, as the ears or nose.
Frost`bite", v. t. To expose to the effect of frost, or a frosty air; to blight or nip with frost.
My wife up and with Mrs. Pen to walk in the fields to frostbite themselves.
Frost`-bit"ten (?), p. a. Nipped, withered, or injured, by frost or freezing.
Frost`-blite" (?), n. (Bot.) (a) A plant of the genus Atriplex; orache. Gray. (b) The lamb's-quarters (Chenopodium album).
Frost"ed, a. Covered with hoarfrost or anything resembling hoarfrost; ornamented with frosting; also, frost-bitten; as, a frosted cake; frosted glass.
Frosted work is introduced as a foil or contrast to burnished work.
Frost`fish" (?), n. (Zoöl.) (a) The tomcod; -- so called because it is abundant on the New England coast in autumn at about the commencement of frost. See Tomcod. (b) The smelt. [Local, U. S.] (c) A name applied in New Zealand to the scabbard fish (Lepidotus) valued as a food fish.
Frost"i*ly (?), adv. In a frosty manner.
Frost"i*ness, n. State or quality of being frosty.
1. A composition of sugar and beaten egg, used to cover or ornament cake, pudding, etc.
2. A lusterless finish of metal or glass; the process of producing such a finish.
Frost"less, a. Free from frost; as, a frostless winter.
Frost"weed` (?), n. (Bot.) An American species of rockrose (Helianthemum Canadense), sometimes used in medicine as an astringent or aromatic tonic.
&hand; It has large yellow flowers which are often sterile, and later it has abundant but inconspicuous flowers which bear seed. It is so called because, late in autumn, crystals of ice shoot from the cracked bark at the root; -- called also frostwort.
Frost`work" (?), n. The figurework, often fantastic and delicate, which moisture sometimes forms in freezing, as upon a window pane or a flagstone.
Frost`wort" (?), n. (Bot.) Same as Frostweed.
Frost"y (?), a. [Cf. AS. fyrstig.]
1. Attended with, or producing, frost; having power to congeal water; cold; freezing; as, a frosty night.
2. Covered with frost; as, the grass is frosty.
3. Chill in affection; without warmth of affection or courage.
4. Appearing as if covered with hoarfrost; white; gray-haired; as, a frosty head.
Frote (?), v. t. [F. frotter.] To rub or wear by rubbing; to chafe. [Obs.]
Fro"ter*er (?), n. One who frotes; one who rubs or chafes. [Obs.]
Froth (?), n. [OE. frothe, Icel. fro\'eba; akin to Dan. fraade, Sw. fradga, AS. āfreo\'eban to froth.]
1. The bubbles caused in fluids or liquors by fermentation or agitation; spume; foam; esp., a spume of saliva caused by disease or nervous excitement.
2. Any empty, senseless show of wit or eloquence; rhetoric without thought.
It was a long speech, but all froth.
3. Light, unsubstantial matter.
Froth insect (Zoöl.), the cuckoo spit or frog hopper; -- called also froth spit, froth worm, and froth fly. -- Froth spit. See Cuckoo spit, under Cuckoo.
Froth, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Frothed (?); p. pr. & vb. n.. Frothing.]
1. To cause to foam.
2. To spit, vent, or eject, as froth.
He . . . froths treason at his mouth.
Is your spleen frothed out, or have ye more?
3. To cover with froth; as, a horse froths his chain.
Froth, v. i. To throw up or out spume, foam, or bubbles; to foam; as beer froths; a horse froths.
Froth"i*ly (?), adv. In a frothy manner.
Froth"i*ness, n. State or quality of being frothy.
Froth"ing, n. Exaggerated declamation; rant.
Froth"less, a. Free from froth.
Froth"y (?), a. [Compar. Frothier (?); superl. Frothiest.]
1. Full of foam or froth, or consisting of froth or light bubbles; spumous; foamy.
2. Not firm or solid; soft; unstable.
3. Of the nature of froth; light; empty; unsubstantial; as, a frothy speaker or harangue.
Frounce (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Frounced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Frouncing (?).] [OE. frouncen, fronsen, to told, wrinkle, OF. froncier, F. froncer, perh. fr. an assumed LL. frontiare to wrinkle the forehead, L. frons forehead. See Front, and cf. Flounce part of a dress.] To gather into or adorn with plaits, as a dress; to form wrinkles in or upon; to curl or frizzle, as the hair.
Not tricked and frounced, as she was wont.
Frounce, v. i. To form wrinkles in the forehead; to manifest displeasure; to frown. [Obs.]
The Commons frounced and stormed.
1. A wrinkle, plait, or curl; a flounce; -- also, a frown. [Obs.]
Beau. & Fl.
2. An affection in hawks, in which white spittle gathers about the hawk's bill.
Frounce"less, a. Without frounces.
Rom. of R.
Frou"zy (?), a. [Prov. E. frouzy froward, peevish, offensive to the eye or smell; cf. froust a musty smell, frouse to rumple, frouze to curl, and E. frounce, frowy.] Fetid, musty; rank; disordered and offensive to the smell or sight; slovenly; dingy. See Frowzy. Petticoats in frouzy heaps."
Frow (?), n. [D. vrouw; akin to G. frau woman, wife, goth, fráuja master, lord, AS. freá.]
1. A woman; especially, a Dutch or German woman.
Beau. & Fl.
2. A dirty woman; a slattern. [Prov. Eng.]
Frow (?), n. [Cf. Frower.] A cleaving tool with handle at right angles to the blade, for splitting cask staves and shingles from the block; a frower.
Frow (?), a. Brittle. [Obs.]
Fro"ward (?), a. [Fro + -ward. See Fro, and cf. Fromward.] Not willing to yield or compIy with what is required or is reasonable; perverse; disobedient; peevish; as, a froward child.
A froward man soweth strife.
Prov. xvi. 28.
A froward retention of custom is as turbulent a thing as innovation.
Syn. -- Untoward; wayward; unyielding; ungovernable: refractory; obstinate; petulant; cross; peevish. See Perverse.
-- Fro"ward*ly, adv. -- Fro"ward*ness, n.
Frow"er (?), n. [Cf. frow a frower, and Prov. E, frommard.] A tool. See 2d Frow.
Frow"ey (?), a. [See Frow, a.] (Carp.) Working smoothly, or without splitting; -- said of timber.
Frown (?), v. i. [imp. &, p. p. Frowned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Frowning.] [OF. froignier, F. frogner, in se refrogner, se renfrogner, to knit the brow, to frown; perh. of Teutonic origin; cf. It. in frigno wrinkled, frowning, Prov. It. frignare to cringe the face, to make a wry face, dial. Sw. fryna to make a wry face,]
1. To contract the brow in displeasure, severity, or sternness; to scowl; to put on a stern, grim, or surly look.
The frowning wrinkle of her brow.
2. To manifest displeasure or disapprobation; to look with disfavor or threateningly; to lower; as, polite society frowns upon rudeness.
The sky doth frown and lower upon our army.
Frown, v. t. To repress or repel by expressing displeasure or disapproval; to rebuke with a look; as, frown the impudent fellow into silence.
1. A wrinkling of the face in displeasure, rebuke, etc.; a sour, severe, or stere look; a scowl.
His front yet threatens, and his frowns command.
Her very frowns are fairer far
Than smiles of other maidens are.
2. Any expression of displeasure; as, the frowns of Providence; the frowns of Fortune.
Frown"ing*ly, adv. In a frowning manner.
Frown"y (?), a. Frowning; scowling. [Obs.]
Her frowny mother's ragged shoulder.
Sir F. Palgrave.
Frow"y (?), a. [Cf. Frowzy, Frouzy.] Musty. rancid; as, frowy butter. Frowy feed."
Frow"zy (?), a. [See Frouzy.] Slovenly; unkempt; untidy; frouzy. With head all frowzy."
The frowzy soldiers' wives hanging out clothes.
W. D. Howells.
Froze (?), imp. of Freeze.
Fro"zen (?), a.
1. Congealed with cold; affected by freezing; as, a frozen brook.
They warmed their frozen feet.
2. Subject to frost, or to long and severe cold; chilly; as, the frozen north; the frozen zones.
3. Cold-hearted; unsympathetic; unyielding. [R.]
Be not ever frozen, coy.
Fro"zen*ness, n. A state of being frozen.
Frub"ish (?), v. t. [See Furbish.] To rub up: to furbish. [Obs.]
Beau. c& Et.
Fruc"ted (?), a. [L. fructus fruit. See Fruit.] (Her.) Bearing fruit; -- said of a tree or plant so represented upon an escutcheon.
Fruc*tes"cence (?), n. [L. fructus fruit.] (Bot.) The maturing or ripening of fruit. [R.]
Fruc*tic"u*lose` (?), a. Fruitful; full of fruit.
Fruc`ti`dor" (?), n. [F., fr. L. fructus fruit.] The twelfth month of the French republican calendar; -- commencing August 18, and ending September 16. See Vendémiaire.
Fruc*tif"er*uos (?), a. [L. fructifer; fructus fruit + ferre to bear; cf. F. fructif\'8are.] Bearing or producing fruit.
Fruc`ti*fi*ca"tion (?), n. [L. fructificatio: cf. F. fructification.]
1. The act of forming or producing fruit; the act of fructifying, or rendering productive of fruit; fecundation.
The prevalent fructification of plants.
Sir T. Brown.
2. (Bot.) (a) The collective organs by which a plant produces its fruit, or seeds, or reproductive spores. (b) The process of producing fruit, or seeds, or spores.