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Frl.
Fräulein. * * *
FRN
Finance. floating-rate note. * * *
fro
/froh/, adv. 1. Obs. from; back. 2. to and fro, alternating from one place to another; back and forth: The trees were swaying to and fro in the wind. [1150-1200; ME fro, fra < ON ...
Fröbel,Friedrich Wilhelm August
Frö·bel (frœʹbəl), Friedrich Wilhelm August. See Froebel, Friedrich Wilhelm August. * * *
Froben, Johann
or Johannes Frobenius born с 1460, Hammelburg, Franconia died October 1527, Basel, Switz. German-born Swiss scholar and printer active in Basel. His first publication was a ...
Frobenius, Georg
▪ German mathematician in full  Ferdinand Georg Frobenius   born October 26, 1849, Berlin, Prussia [Germany] died August 3, 1917, Berlin       German mathematician ...
Frobenius, Leo
▪ German ethnologist born June 29, 1873, Berlin, Ger. died Aug. 9, 1938, Biganzolo, Italy  German explorer, ethnologist, and one of the originators of the culture-historical ...
Froberger, Johann Jakob
▪ German composer baptized May 19, 1616, Stuttgart, Württemberg [Germany] died May 7, 1667, Héricourt, Fr.       German composer, organist, and harpsichordist whose ...
Frobisher
/froh"bi sheuhr, frob"i-/, n. Sir Martin, 1535?-94, English navigator and explorer. * * *
Frobisher Bay
an arm of the Atlantic Ocean extending NW into SE Baffin Island, Northwest Territories, Canada. * * * Inlet of the North Atlantic Ocean. Extending northwest from the ...
Frobisher, Sir Martin
born с 1535, Yorkshire, Eng. died Nov. 22, 1594, Plymouth, Devon English navigator and early explorer of Canada's northeastern coast. Searching for the Northwest Passage to ...
Frobisher,Sir Martin
Fro·bish·er (frōʹbĭ-shər, frŏbʹĭ-), Sir Martin. 1535?-1594. English explorer who made three voyages to the Canadian Arctic (1576, 1577, and 1578) in search of the ...
FrobisherBay
Frobisher Bay An arm of the Atlantic Ocean extending into southeast Baffin Island in Nunavut, Canada. It was discovered by Martin Frobisher in 1576 and until 1860 was thought to ...
frock
—frockless, adj. /frok/, n. 1. a gown or dress worn by a girl or woman. 2. a loose outer garment worn by peasants and workers; smock. 3. a coarse outer garment with large ...
frock coat
a man's close-fitting, knee-length coat, single-breasted or double-breasted and with a vent in the back. [1735-45] * * *
frockcoat
frock coat n. A man's dress coat or suit coat with knee-length skirts. * * *
Fröding, Gustaf
▪ Swedish poet born Aug. 22, 1860, Alster, Värmland, Swed. died Feb. 8, 1911, Stockholm       lyrical poet who, by uniting colloquial language with a rich musical ...
froe
/froh/, n. frow. * * *
Froebel
—Froebelian /freuh bee"lee euhn, -beel"yeuhn, fray-/, adj. /frddue"beuhl/, n. Friedrich /frddee"drddikh/, 1782-1852, German educational reformer: founder of the kindergarten ...
Froebel, Friedrich
▪ German educator Froebel also spelled  Fröbel , in full  Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel  born April 21, 1782, Oberweissbach, Thuringia, Ernestine Saxony [now in ...
Froebel, Friedrich (Wilhelm August)
or Friedrich Wilhelm Fröbel born April 21, 1782, Oberweissbach, Thuringia, Ernestine Saxony died June 21, 1852, Marienthal, near Bad Liebenstein, Thuringia German educator and ...
Froebel,Friedrich Wilhelm August
Froe·bel also Frö·bel (frœʹbəl), Friedrich Wilhelm August. 1782-1852. German educator who established the first kindergarten (1837), where he hoped to make learning a ...
Froebelism
▪ education       pedagogic system of German educator Friedrich Froebel (Froebel, Friedrich) (1782–1852), founder of the kindergarten in 1837. Froebel's methods, ...
Froehlich, Harold Edward
▪ 2008 “Bud”        American engineer born July 13, 1922, Minneapolis, Minn. died May 19, 2007, Maplewood, Minn. led the team at General Mills that designed Alvin ...
frog
frog1 —froglike, adj. /frog, frawg/, n., v., frogged, frogging, adj. n. 1. any tailless, stout-bodied amphibian of the order Anura, including the smooth, moist-skinned frog ...
frog kick
Swimming. a type of kick in which the legs are bent at the knees, extended outward, and then brought together forcefully. [1935-40] * * *
frog lily
a yellow water lily. [1865-70, Amer.] * * *
frog orchid
▪ plant  (Coeloglossum viride), one of two small terrestrial plants in the genus Coeloglossum (family Orchidaceae), native to open places in Great Britain, northern Eurasia, ...
frog spit
1. Also, frog spittle. any of several filamentous freshwater green algae forming floating masses. 2. cuckoo-spit (def. 1). [1815-25] * * *
frog sticker
1. Slang. a knife, esp. one carried as a weapon. 2. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a pocketknife. [1830-40] * * *
frog's-bit
/frogz"bit', frawgz"-/, n. 1. an aquatic, floating plant, Hydrocharis morsus-ranae, of Eurasia, having thick, roundish, spongy leaves. 2. an aquatic, floating plant, Limnobium ...
frog-march
frog-march [frôg′märch] vt. [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] to grasp by the arm and force to walk along * * *
frogbit
/frog"bit', frawg"-/, n. frog's-bit. [1570-80] * * *
frogeye
—frogeyed, adj. /frog"uy', frawg"uy'/, n., pl. frogeyes for 1. 1. a small, whitish leaf spot with a narrow darker border, produced by certain fungi. 2. a plant disease so ...
frogfish
/frog"fish', frawg"-/, n., pl., (esp. collectively) frogfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) frogfishes. 1. any tropical marine fish of the family ...
froggy
/frog"ee, fraw"gee/, adj., froggier, froggiest. 1. of or characteristic of a frog. 2. abounding in frogs. 3. marked by a slight hoarseness, resembling a frog's croak: the old ...
froghopper
/frog"hop'euhr, frawg"-/, n. any of numerous leaping, homopterous insects of the family Cercopidae, which in the immature stages live in a spittlelike secretion on plants. Also ...
frogkick
frog kick n. A swimming kick used in the breaststroke in which the knees are drawn up close to the hips and the feet are thrust outward and backward so that the legs come ...
frogman
/frog"man', -meuhn, frawg"-/, n., pl. frogmen /-men', -meuhn/. a swimmer specially equipped with air tanks, wet suit, diving mask, etc., for underwater demolition, salvage, ...
frogmarch
/frog"mahrch', frawg"-/, v.t. to force (a person) to march with the arms pinioned firmly behind the back. [1930-35; FROG1 + MARCH1] * * *
frogmouth
/frog"mowth', frawg"-/, n., pl. frogmouths /-mowdhz', -mowths'/. any Australian and Oriental bird of the family Podargidae, related to the goatsuckers, having a broad, flattened, ...
frogspit
frog spit n. 1. A foamlike aggregation of small aquatic plants, such as green algae, on the surface of a pond. Also called frog spittle. 2. See cuckoo spit. * * *
frogstool
/frog"stoohl', frawg"-/, n. Midland and Southern U.S. (sometimes facetious). a toadstool. [FROG1 + STOOL] * * *
Fröhlich's syndrome
▪ medical disorder also called  Adiposogenital Dystrophy,         rare childhood metabolic disorder characterized by obesity, growth retardation, and retarded ...
Frohman
/froh"meuhn/, n. Charles, 1860-1915, U.S. theatrical producer. * * *
Frohman, Charles
▪ American theatrical manager born June 17, 1860, Sandusky, Ohio, U.S. died May 7, 1915, at sea       leading American theatrical manager of his ...
Frohschammer, Jakob
▪ German priest and philosopher born Jan. 6, 1821, Illkofen, Bavaria [Germany] died June 14, 1893, Bad Kreuth       Roman Catholic priest, prolific writer, and ...
froideur
/frddwann duerdd"/, n. French. an attitude of haughty aloofness; cold superiority. * * *
Froissart
/froy"sahrt/; Fr. /frddwann sannrdd"/, n. Jean /zhahonn/, 1333?-c1400, French chronicler. * * *
Froissart, Jean
born 1333?, Valenciennes, Brabant died 1400/01, Chimay, Hainaut French court historian and poet. As a scholar Froissart traveled widely and lived among the nobility of several ...
Froissart,Jean
Frois·sart (froiʹsärt', frwä-särʹ), Jean. 1333?-1405?. French historian noted for his vivid accounts of Europe during the Hundred Years' War. * * *
frolic
—frolicker, n. /frol"ik/, n., v., frolicked, frolicking, adj. n. 1. merry play; merriment; gaiety; fun. 2. a merrymaking or party. 3. playful behavior or action; prank. v.i. 4. ...
frolicker
See frolic. * * *
frolicsome
—frolicsomely, adv. —frolicsomeness, n. /frol"ik seuhm/, adj. merrily playful; full of fun. [1690-1700; FROLIC + -SOME1] * * *
from
/frum, from/; unstressed /freuhm/, prep. 1. (used to specify a starting point in spatial movement): a train running west from Chicago. 2. (used to specify a starting point in an ...
From Here to Eternity
a novel (1951) by the US author James Jones (1921–77) about army life in Pearl Harbor before the Japanese attack. It was made into a 1953 film which won Oscars for Best ...
fromage
/frddaw mannzh"/, n. French. cheese. * * *
Frome, Lake
▪ lake, South Australia, Australia       in northeastern South Australia, large, shallow depression 60 mi (100 km) long by 30 mi wide, intermittently filled with water, ...
Froment, Nicolas
▪ French painter flourished 1450–90, in the south of France       French painter who shared the responsibility (with Enguerrand Charonton (Charonton, Enguerrand)) for ...
Fromentin
/frddaw mahonn taonn"/, n. Eugene /ue zhen"/, 1820-76, French painter, critic, and author. * * *
Fromentin, Eugène
▪ French painter and author born Oct. 24, 1820, La Rochelle, Fr. died Aug. 27, 1876, La Rochelle       French painter and author, best known for his depictions of the ...
Fromm
/from/, n. Erich /er"ik/, 1900-80, U.S. psychoanalyst and author, born in Germany. * * *
Fromm, Erich
born March 23, 1900, Frankfurt am Main, Ger. died March 18, 1980, Muralto, Switz. German-born U.S. psychoanalyst and social philosopher. A disciple of Sigmund Freud, Fromm ...
Fromm,Erich
Fromm (frōm, frŏm), Erich. 1900-1980. German-born American psychoanalyst who emphasized the role of social conditioning in human behavior. His books include Escape from ...
Frommel, Gaston
▪ Swiss philosopher and theologian born Nov. 25, 1862, Altkirch, Switz. died May 17, 1906, Geneva       Swiss Protestant philosopher and theologian. Frommel attempted ...
frond
—fronded, adj. /frond/, n. Bot. 1. an often large, finely divided leaf, esp. as applied to the ferns and certain palms. 2. a leaflike expansion not differentiated into stem and ...
Fronde
Fronde [frōnd] n. 〚Fr, lit., a sling〛 a French political movement organized during the minority of Louis XIV to oppose the court and Cardinal Mazarin; also, the rebellions ...
Fronde, the
(1648–53) Series of civil wars in France during the minority of Louis XIV. The Fronde (named for the "sling" of a children's game played in the streets of Paris in defiance of ...
fronded
See frond. * * *
frondescence
—frondescent, adj. /fron des"euhns/, n. 1. the process or period of putting forth leaves, as a tree, plant, or the like. 2. leafage; foliage. [1835-45; < NL frondescentia, ...
frondescent
fron·des·cent (frŏn-dĕsʹənt) adj. Bearing, resembling, or having a profusion of leaves or fronds; leafy.   [Latin frondēscēns, frondēscent- present participle of ...
frondeur
/fron derr"/; Fr. /frddawonn duerdd"/, n., pl. frondeurs /-derrz"/; Fr. /-duerdd"/. a rebel; rioter. [1790-1800; < F: lit., a participant in the Fronde (the rebellion against ...
Frondizi
/fron dee"zee/; Sp. /frddawn dee"see/, n. Arturo /ahr toor"oh/; Sp. /ahrdd tooh"rddaw/, born 1908, Argentine lawyer and political leader; president of Argentina 1958-62. * * *
Frondizi, Arturo
▪ 1996       Argentine politician (b. Oct. 28, 1908, Paso de Los Libres, Corrientes, Arg.—d. April 18, 1995, Buenos Aires, Arg.), was a political firebrand who ...
frondose
/fron"dohs/, adj. 1. bearing fronds. 2. resembling a frond. [1715-25; < L frondosus abounding in foliage, equiv. to frond- FROND + -osus -OSE1] * * *
frondosely
See frondose. * * *
frons
/fronz/, n., pl. frontes /fron"teez/. the upper anterior portion of the head of an insect, above or behind the clypeus. [1855-60; < NL, L frons forehead, FRONT] * * *
front
/frunt/, n. 1. the foremost part or surface of anything. 2. the part or side of anything that faces forward: the front of a jacket. 3. the part or side of anything, as a ...
front bench
—front bencher. Brit. 1. (in the House of Commons) either of two seats near the Speaker, on which the leaders of the major parties sit. 2. the leaders who occupy a front bench. ...
front burner
—front-burner, adj. Informal. a condition or position of top priority: Put the project on the front burner and finish it as soon as possible. Cf. back burner. [1965-70; by ...
front court
1. the section of the court nearest the front wall in certain games, as squash or handball. 2. Basketball. a. a team's offensive half of the court. b. the players who play ...
front desk.
See reception desk. * * *
front dive
a dive from a position facing the water in which the diver jumps up from the springboard, rotating the body forward, and enters the water either headfirst or feetfirst. Also ...
front door
1. the main entrance to a house or other building, usually facing a street. 2. Informal. anything offering the best, most direct, or most straightforward approach to a place, ...
front foot
a foot measured along the front of a lot. [1805-15, Amer.] * * *
front four
Football. the four defensive players positioned on the line of scrimmage in a common defensive alignment to guard against the run and to rush the passer. Also called front ...
front line
1. front (def. 9). 2. the visible forefront in any action, activity, or field: TV reporters are constantly involved in the front line of events. 3. Football. See front four. 4. ...
front load.
See front-end load. [1975-80] * * *
front loader
a machine or appliance, as a washing machine, loaded and unloaded through an opening in the front (as distinguished from a top loader). Also, front-loader. [1955-60] * * *
front matter
Print. all material in a book that precedes the text proper, as the title page, copyright page, table of contents, dedication, and preface. Also called preliminaries. Cf. back ...
front money
1. money paid in advance, as for goods or services, to a commission agent or the like. 2. capital necessary to begin a business enterprise. 3. Also called advance fee. money ...
front nine
Golf. the first nine holes on an eighteen-hole course. * * *
front projection
Television. a display system that projects an enlarged television picture on the front surface of a reflective screen. * * *
Front Range
a mountain range extending from central Colorado to S Wyoming: part of the Rocky Mountains. Highest peak, Grays Peak, 14,274 ft. (4350 m). * * * ▪ mountains, Colorado, United ...
front room
a room at the front of a house, esp. a parlor. [1670-80] * * *
Front Royal
a town in N Virginia. 11,126. * * *
front runner
1. a person who leads in any competition. 2. an entrant in a race who breaks to the front immediately and establishes the pace for the field. 3. an entrant in a race who performs ...
front walkover
Gymnastics. See under walkover (def. 4). * * *
front window.
See cottage window. * * *
front-bencher
See front bench. * * *
front-drive
/frunt"druyv'/, adj. 1. (of an automotive vehicle) having front-wheel drive. n. 2. See front-wheel drive. * * *
front-end
front-end [frunt′end′] adj. designating, of, or having to do with a contract, financial arrangement, etc. in which specified payments, costs, etc. are payable in advance * * ...
front-end load
/frunt"end'/ the sales commission and other fees taken out of the first year's payment under a contractual plan for purchasing shares of a mutual fund (front-end load fund) over ...
front-end loader
a loader having a shovel or bucket at the end of an articulated arm located at the front of the vehicle. Also called front-loader. [1955-60] * * *
front-end processor
Computers. a small computer or other dedicated device that performs preliminary processing of data for a host computer. [1970-75] * * *
front-endload
front-end load n. The amount deducted from early payments made to a mutual fund purchase plan that covers expenses such as sales commissions. * * *
front-endloader
front-end loader n. An earthmoving machine with a hydraulic scoop in front for lifting and loading earth or rubble. * * *
front-endprocessor
front-end processor n. A computer used to process data before it is sent to a mainframe computer for analysis or further processing. * * *
front-line
/frunt"luyn'/, adj. 1. located or designed to be used at a military front line: a front-line ambulance helicopter. 2. of, pertaining to, or involving the forefront in any action, ...
front-load
adj. /frunt"lohd'/; v. /frunt"lohd"/, adj. 1. Also, front-loaded. front-loading (def. 1). v.t. 2. to load or fill from the front: to front-load a washing machine; to front-load a ...
front-loader
/frunt"loh'deuhr/, n. 1. See front-end loader. 2. See front loader. * * *
front-loading
/frunt"loh'ding/, adj. 1. designed to be loaded, supplied, or tended from the front: a front-loading washer; a front-loading VCR. n. 2. the practice of expending maximum effort, ...
front-page
/frunt"payj"/, adj., v., front-paged, front-paging. adj. 1. of major importance; worth putting on the first page of a newspaper. v.t. 2. to run (copy) on the front page, esp. of ...
front-rank
/frunt"rangk"/, adj. among the best or most important; foremost; topnotch. [1590-1600] * * *
front-runner
front-runner [frunt′run΄ər] n. 1. one who is leading in a race or competition 2. a contestant or entry that runs best when in the lead * * * front-run·ner also ...
front-running
See front-runner. * * *
front-wheel drive
/frunt" hweel', -weel'/, Auto. a drive system in which engine power is transmitted through the front wheels only. [1925-30] * * *
front-wheeldrive
front-wheel drive (frŭntʹhwēl', -wēl') n. Abbr. FWD An automotive drive system in which only the front pair of wheels receives power from the engine. * * *
front.
frontispiece. * * *
frontad
/frun"tad/, adv. Anat., Zool. toward the front. [FRONT + -AD3] * * *
frontage
/frun"tij/, n. 1. the front of a building or lot. 2. the lineal extent of this front: a frontage of 200 feet. 3. the direction it faces: The house has an ocean frontage. 4. land ...
frontage road
a local road that runs parallel to an expressway, providing access to roadside stores and businesses; a service road. [1945-50] * * *
frontageroad
frontage road n. See service road. * * *
frontal
—frontally, adv. /frun"tl/, adj. 1. of, in, or at the front: a frontal view; frontal attack. 2. Anat. a. of, pertaining to, or situated near the forehead or the frontal ...
frontal bone
Anat. a broad membrane bone of the skull, forming the forehead and the upper portion of each orbit. See diag. under skull. [1735-45] * * *
frontal cyclone
any extratropical cyclone associated with a front: the most common cyclonic storm. * * *
frontal gyrus
Anat. any of several convolutions on the outer surface of the frontal lobe of the cerebrum. Also, frontal convolution. * * *
frontal lobe
Anat. the anterior part of each cerebral hemisphere, in front of the central sulcus. [1875-80] * * *
frontal lobotomy
See prefrontal lobotomy. * * *
frontalbone
frontal bone n. A cranial bone consisting of a vertical portion corresponding to the forehead and a horizontal portion that forms the roofs of the orbital and nasal cavities. * * ...
frontality
/frun tal"i tee, fron-/, n. Fine Arts. 1. the representation of the front view of figures or objects in a work of art. 2. the organization of planes parallel to the picture plane ...
frontallobe
frontal lobe n. The largest and most anterior part of each cerebral hemisphere. * * *
frontallobotomy
frontal lobotomy n. A prefrontal lobotomy. * * *
frontally
See frontal1. * * *
frontalplane
frontal plane n. Anatomy A plane parallel to the long axis of the body and perpendicular to the sagittal plane that separates the body into front and back portions. * * *
frontbench
front bench n. The first bench on either side of the aisle in a parliament, reserved for ministers and leaders of the principal political parties.   front'-benchʹer ...
frontbencher
frontbencher [frunt′ben′chər] n. a member of the British House of Commons who is a leader in a party and occupies a seat near the speaker * * *
frontcourt
☆ frontcourt [frunt′kôrt΄ ] n. Basketball 1. the half of the court with the basket that a team shoots at to score 2. the players on a team who play center and forward * * ...
Frontenac
/fron"tn ak'/; Fr. /frddawonnteu nannk"/, n. Louis de Buade de /lwee deuh byuu annd" deuh/, c1620-98, French governor of Canada 1672-82, 1689-98. * * *
Frontenac, Louis de Buade, comte de Palluau et de
▪ French colonial governor (count of Palluau and of) born May 22, 1622, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, Fr. died Nov. 28, 1698, Quebec, New France [now in ...
Frontenac, Louis de Buade, count de Palluau and de
born May 22, 1622, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, France died Nov. 28, 1698, Quebec, New France French courtier and governor of New France (1672–82, 1689–98). Despite a ...
Frontenac,Comte de
Fron·te·nac (frŏnʹtə-năk', frôɴt-näkʹ), Comte de Title of Louis de Buade. 1620?-1698. French colonial administrator who governed New France (1672-1682 and 1689-1698) ...
frontenis
/frun ten"is, fron-/, n. a Latin American game, resembling squash, played with rackets and a hard rubber ball on a three-walled court similar to a jai alai court. [1940-45; < ...
fronter
/frun"teuhr/, n. a person who belongs to a group or organization, esp. a political one, that is or is presumed to be a cover or disguise for another activity: a Communist ...
frontes
frontes [frän′tēz] n. pl. of FRONS * * * fron·tes (frŏnʹtēz) n. Plural of frons. * * *
frontier
—frontierless, adj. —frontierlike, adj. /frun tear", fron-/; also, esp. Brit., /frun"tear/, n. 1. the part of a country that borders another country; boundary; border. 2. the ...
Frontiere, Georgia Irwin
▪ 2009       American sports executive born Nov. 21, 1927, St. Louis, Mo. died Jan. 18, 2008, Los Angeles, Calif. became the first female owner of a National Football ...
frontiersman
/frun tearz"meuhn, fron-/ or, esp. Brit., /frun"tearz-/, n., pl. frontiersmen. a person, esp. a man, who lives on the frontier, esp. in sparsely settled regions. [1775-85, Amer.; ...
frontierswoman
fron·tiers·wom·an (frŭn-tîrzʹwo͝om'ən, frŏn-) n. A woman who lives on the frontier. * * *
Frontinus, Sextus Julius
born AD 35 died 103 Roman governor of Britain and author of a work on the waters of the city of Rome. He was praetor in Rome in 70; later made governor of Britain, he subdued ...
frontis
/frun"tis/, n. the front wall of a cancha or jai alai court. Cf. rebote (def. 1). [ < Sp, appar. alter. of frente front] * * *
frontispiece
/frun"tis pees', fron"-/, n. 1. an illustrated leaf preceding the title page of a book. 2. Archit. a façade, or a part or feature of a façade, often highlighted by ...
frontlash
/frunt"lash'/, n. an action or opinion that is in reaction to a backlash. [1965-70; FRONT + LASH, modeled on backlash] * * *
frontless
—frontlessly, adv. —frontlessness, n. /frunt"lis/, adj. Archaic. shameless; unblushing. [1595-1605; FRONT + -LESS] * * *
frontlet
/frunt"lit/, n. 1. Also, frontal. a decorative band, ribbon, or the like, worn across the forehead: The princess wore a richly bejeweled frontlet. 2. the forehead of an ...
frontline
frontline or front-line [frunt′līn΄] adj. of, at, on, or forming a front line [frontline soldiers, frontline research] * * * front·line also front line ...
frontlist
/frunt"list'/, n. a publisher's sales list of newly or recently published books, esp. those of popular or ephemeral appeal. Cf. backlist. [FRONT + LIST1] * * *
frontman
/frunt"man'/, n., pl. frontmen /-men'/. 1. a performer, as a singer, who leads a musical group. 2. a person who serves as the nominal head of an organization and who represents ...
frontmatter
front matter n. The material, such as the preface, frontispiece, and title page, preceding the text in a book. * * *
frontmoney
front money n. Money paid in advance, as for contracted goods or services. * * *
frontnine
front nine n. The first half of an 18-hole golf course. * * *
Fronto, Marcus Cornelius
▪ Roman orator born c. AD 95 , Cirta, Numidia [now Constantine, Alg.] died c. 166, Rome?       prominent Roman orator, rhetorician, and grammarian whose high ...
fronto-
a combining form used in compound words referring to the frontal bone or lobe (frontoparietal) or, in meteorological terms, to a frontal zone (frontogenesis). [L front- (s. of ...
frontogenesis
/frun'teuh jen"euh sis/, n. Meteorol. the formation or increase of a front or frontal zone. Cf. frontolysis. [1930-35; FRONTO- + -GENESIS] * * *
frontolysis
/frun tol"euh sis/, n. Meteorol. the dissipation or decrease of a front or frontal zone. Cf. frontogenesis. [1935-40; FRONTO- + -LYSIS] * * *
fronton
/fron"ton, fron ton"/, n. 1. a building in which jai alai is played, containing the cancha or court and sometimes having facilities for betting. 2. Informal. jai ...
frontopalatal
frontopalatal [frun΄tō pal′ə təl, frun΄tō pal′ət'l] adj. Phonet. articulated with the portion of the tongue that is just behind the tip touching or near the alveolar ...
frontoparietal
/frun'toh peuh ruy"i tl/, adj. Anat. 1. of or pertaining to the frontal and parietal bones of the cranium. 2. of or pertaining to the frontal and parietal lobes of a cerebral ...
FrontRange
Front Range (frŭnt) A range of the Rocky Mountains in north-central Colorado. It rises to 4,352.4 m (14,270 ft) at Grays Peak. * * *
frontroom
front room n. See living room. * * *
frontstall
/frunt"stawl'/, n. Armor. chanfron. [1595-1605; FRONT + STALL1] * * *
frontward
/frunt"weuhrd/, adv. in a direction toward the front. Also, frontwards. [1545-55; FRONT + -WARD] * * *
frontwards
frontwards [frunt′wərdz] adv. FRONTWARD * * * See frontward. * * *
frontyard
front yard n. A yard in front of a house. * * *
frore
/frawr, frohr/, adj. Archaic. frozen; frosty. [1200-50; ME froren; ptp. of FREEZE] * * *
frosh
/frosh/, n., pl. frosh. Informal. a college or high-school freshman. [1910-15; by alter. and shortening] * * *
Frosinone
▪ Italy Latin  Frusino,         city, Lazio (Latium) regione, central Italy, on a hill above the Cosa River, on the Via Casilina. It originated as Frusino, a town of ...
Frossard, Andre
▪ 1996       French Roman Catholic journalist (b. Jan. 14, 1915—d. Feb. 2, 1995). * * *
frost
—frostless, adj. —frostlike, adj. /frawst, frost/, n. 1. a degree or state of coldness sufficient to cause the freezing of water. 2. Also called hoarfrost. a covering of ...
Frost
/frawst, frost/, n. Robert (Lee), 1874-1963, U.S. poet. * * * I Atmospheric moisture that crystallizes directly on the ground and on exposed objects. The term also refers to ...
frost feathers.
See ice feathers. * * *
frost flowers.
See ice flowers (def. 2). [1840-50] * * *
frost grape.
See riverbank grape. [1780-90, Amer.] * * *
frost heave
Geol. an uplift in soil caused by the freezing of internal moisture. [1945-50] * * *
frost line
☆ frost line n. the limit of penetration of soil by frost * * *
frost point
the temperature of the air at which hoarfrost begins to form. * * * ▪ meteorology       temperature, below 0° C (32° F), at which moisture in the air will condense as ...
frost smoke
Meteorol. an ice fog caused by extremely cold air flowing over a body of comparatively warm water, esp. in polar regions. Also called barber. [1740-50] * * *
Frost, A.B.
▪ American illustrator in full  Arthur Burdett Frost   born Jan. 17, 1851, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S. died June 22, 1928, Pasadena, Calif.  American illustrator, famous for ...
Frost, John
▪ British social reformer born May 25, 1784, Newport, Monmouthshire [now Gwent], Wales died July 27, 1877, near Bristol, Gloucestershire, England  hero of Chartism (the ...
Frost, Robert
▪ American poet Introduction in full  Robert Lee Frost  born March 26, 1874, San Francisco, California, U.S. died January 29, 1963, Boston, Massachusetts  American poet who ...
Frost, Robert (Lee)
born March 26, 1874, San Francisco, Calif., U.S. died Jan. 29, 1963, Boston, Mass. U.S. poet. Frost's family moved to New England early in his life. After stints at Dartmouth ...
Frost, Sir David (Paradine)
born April 7, 1939, Tenterden, Kent, Eng. British television producer. He worked in television from 1961 and hosted several programs in the U.S. and Britain, including That Was ...
Frost, Sir Terry
▪ 2004 Terence Ernest Manitou Frost        British abstract artist and teacher (b. Oct. 13, 1915, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, Eng.—d. Sept. 1, 2003, Hayle, Cornwall, ...
Frost,Robert Lee
Frost (frôst, frŏst), Robert Lee. 1874-1963. American poet whose deceptively simple works, often set in rural New England, explore the relationships between individuals and ...
frost-free
frost-free (frôstʹfrēʹ, frŏstʹ-) adj. Requiring little or no defrosting: a frost-free refrigerator. * * *
Frostbelt
/frawst"belt', frost"-/, n. (often l.c.) Snowbelt. Also, Frost Belt. [1975-80; FROST + BELT] * * *
frostbite
/frawst"buyt', frost"-/, n., v., frostbit, frostbitten, frostbiting. n. 1. injury to any part of the body after excessive exposure to extreme cold, sometimes progressing from ...
frostbite sailing
the sport of sailing in temperate latitudes during the winter despite cold weather. Also called frostbite boating. * * *
frostbitten
/frawst"bit'n, frost"-/, adj. 1. injured by frost or extreme cold. v.t. 2. pp. of frostbite. [1585-95] * * *
frostboil
frost boil n. Upper Midwest See frost heave. * * *
frosted
/fraw"stid, fros"tid/, adj. 1. covered with or having frost. 2. made frostlike in appearance, as certain translucent glass: a frosted window; a frosted light bulb. 3. coated or ...
frosted bat
      any of certain bat species of the family vesper bat (q.v.). * * *
frostfish
/frawst"fish', frost"-/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) frostfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) frostfishes. 1. either of two North American fishes, the tomcod ...
frostflower
/frawst"flow'euhr, frost"-/, n. 1. a plant, Milla biflora, of the amaryllis family, native to the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. 2. its waxy-white, starlike flower. 3. any aster. ...
frostheave
frost heave n. New England A section of ruptured pavement caused by the expansion of freezing water immediately under the road. Also called frost boil. * * *
Frosties{™}
a well-known breakfast food, made by Kellogg’s and called Frosted Flakes in the US. It consists of small flat pieces of corn covered in sugar, and is eaten with milk. Its most ...
frostily
See frosty. * * *
frostiness
See frostily. * * *
frosting
/fraw"sting, fros"ting/, n. 1. a sweet mixture, cooked or uncooked, for coating or filling cakes, cookies, and the like; icing. 2. a dull or lusterless finish, as on metal or ...
frostline
/frawst"luyn', frost"-/, n. 1. the maximum depth at which soil is frozen. 2. the lower limit of permafrost. Cf. permafrost table. [1860-65, Amer.; FROST + LINE1] * * *
frostweed
/frawst"weed', frost"-/, n. a plant, Helianthemum canadense, of the rockrose family, native to eastern North America, having narrow leaves and a solitary yellow flower. [1830-40, ...
frostwork
/frawst"werrk', frost"-/, n. 1. the delicate tracery formed by frost, esp. on glass. 2. similar ornamentation, as on metal. [1640-50; FROST + WORK] * * *
frosty
—frostily, adv. —frostiness, n. —frostless, adj. /fraw"stee, fros"tee/, adj., frostier, frostiest. 1. characterized by or producing frost; freezing; very cold: frosty ...
froth
—frother, n. /frawth, froth/, n. 1. an aggregation of bubbles, as on an agitated liquid or at the mouth of a hard-driven horse; foam; spume. 2. a foam of saliva or fluid ...
froth flotation
      separation of minerals differing little in density but greatly in wettability by surface-active agents that stabilize a froth formed on the surface of an agitated ...
frothily
See frothy. * * *
frothiness
See frothily. * * *
frothy
—frothily, adv. —frothiness, n. /fraw"thee, froth"ee/, adj., frothier, frothiest. 1. of, like, or having froth; foamy. 2. unsubstantial; trifling; shallow; empty. [1525-35; ...
frottage
/fraw tahzh"/, n. 1. a technique in the visual arts of obtaining textural effects or images by rubbing lead, chalk, charcoal, etc., over paper laid on a granular or relieflike ...
frotteur
/fraw terr"/, n. a person who practices frottage. [ < F; see FROTTAGE, -EUR] * * *
frottola
▪ music plural  Frottole,        Italian secular song popular in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Usually the frottola was a composition for four voice parts ...
Froude
/froohd/, n. James Anthony, 1818-94, English historian. * * *
Froude number
▪ physics       in hydrology and fluid mechanics, dimensionless quantity used to indicate the influence of gravity on fluid motion. It is generally expressed as F = ...
Froude, James Anthony
born April 23, 1818, Dartington, Devon, Eng. died Oct. 20, 1894, Kingsbridge, Devon English historian and biographer. He was influenced by the Oxford Movement, which sought a ...
Froude, Richard Hurrell
▪ British theologian born March 25, 1803, Dartington, Devon, Eng. died Feb. 28, 1836, Dartington       Anglican churchman and a leader of the Oxford movement, which ...
Froude, William
born Nov. 28, 1810, Dartington, Devon, Eng. died May 4, 1879, Simonstown, S.Af. British engineer and naval architect. He was the brother of James Anthony Froude. In 1837 he ...
froufrou
/frooh"frooh'/, n. 1. elaborate decoration, as frills, ribbons, or ruffles, esp. on women's clothing. 2. a rustling, particularly the rustling of silk, as in a woman's ...
frounce
frounce [frouns] vt., vi. frounced, frouncing 〚ME frouncen < OFr froncir, to wrinkle < Frank * hrunkja, a wrinkle, akin to ON hrukka〛 Obs. to curl, crease, or wrinkle * * *
frousy
/frow"zee/, adj., frousier, frousiest. frowsy. * * *
frouzy
/frow"zee/, adj., frouzier, frouziest. frowzy. * * *
frow
/froh/, n. a cleaving tool having a wedge-shaped blade, with a handle set at right angles to it. Also, froe. [1615-25; earlier frower, perh. n. use of FROWARD in literal sense ...
froward
—frowardly, adv. —frowardness, n. /froh"weuhrd, froh"euhrd/, adj. willfully contrary; not easily managed: to be worried about one's froward, intractable child. [1150-1200; ME ...
Froward,Cape
Fro·ward (frōʹwərd, -ərd), Cape The southernmost point of mainland South America, in southern Chile on the Strait of Magellan. * * *
frowardly
See froward. * * *
frowardness
See frowardly. * * *
frown
—frowner, n. —frowningly, adv. /frown/, v.i. 1. to contract the brow, as in displeasure or deep thought; scowl. 2. to look displeased; have an angry look. 3. to view with ...
frowner
See frown. * * *
frowningly
See frowner. * * *
frowst
frowst [froust] n. 〚back-form.
frowsty
—frowstily, adv. —frowstiness, n. /frow"stee/, adj., frowstier, frowstiest. Brit. Informal. musty; ill-smelling. [1860-65; perh. dial. var. of FROWZY] * * *
frowsy
—frowsily, adv. —frowsiness, n. /frow"zee/, adj., frowsier, frowsiest. frowzy. Also, frousy. * * *
frowziness
See frowzy. * * *
frowzy
—frowzily, adv. —frowziness, n. /frow"zee/, adj., frowzier, frowziest. 1. dirty and untidy; slovenly. 2. ill-smelling; musty. Also, frouzy. [1675-85; orig. uncert.] * * *
froze
/frohz/, v. 1. pt. of freeze. 2. Nonstandard. a pp. of freeze. * * *
frozen
—frozenly, adv. —frozenness, n. /froh"zeuhn/, v. 1. pp. of freeze. adj. 2. congealed by cold; turned into ice. 3. covered with ice, as a stream. 4. frigid; very cold. 5. ...
frozen custard
a smooth-textured, soft, frozen-food product of whole milk, and sometimes cream, egg yolk, etc., sweetened and variously flavored, often served in an ice-cream cone. * * *
frozen daiquiri
a cocktail consisting of rum, lemon or lime juice, and sugar, vigorously beaten together with finely crushed ice and served with a straw. * * *
frozen fog.
See ice fog. * * *
frozen prepared food
Introduction       any of the complete meals or portions of meals that are precooked, assembled into a package, and frozen for retail sale. They are popular among ...
frozen pudding
a frozen or chilled dessert mixture of rich custard, nuts or candied fruit, and sometimes liquor. * * *
frpl
Real Estate. fireplace. * * *
FRS
Federal Reserve System. * * *
Frs.
Frisian. * * *
frs.
francs. * * *
frt
frt abbrev. freight * * *
frt.
freight. * * *
fruct-
var. of fructi- before a vowel: fructose. * * *
fructed
/fruk"tid, frook"-, froohk"-/, adj. Heraldry. (of a tree or other plant) represented as bearing fruit, seeds, or the like: an apple tree vert fructed gules. [1600-10; < L ...
fructi-
a combining form meaning "fruit," used in the formation of compound words: fructiferous. Also, esp. before a vowel, fruct-. [ < L, comb. form of fructus FRUIT] * * *
Fructidor
/frddyuuk tee dawrdd"/, n. (in the French Revolutionary calendar) the twelfth month of the year, extending from August 18 to September 16. [1785-95; < F < L fructi- FRUCTI- + Gk ...
Fructidor, Coup of 18
(Sept. 4, 1799) Purge of conservatives during the French Directory period. Fearing it was losing popularity, the government sent Gen. Pierre F.C. Augereau to command troops ...
fructiferous
—fructiferously, adv. /fruk tif"euhr euhs, frook,- froohk-/, adj. fruit-bearing; producing fruit. [1625-35; < L fructiferus. See FRUCTI-, -FER, -OUS] * * *
fructification
/fruk'teuh fi kay"sheuhn, frook'-, froohk'-/, n. 1. act of fructifying; the fruiting of a plant, fungus, etc. 2. the fruit itself. 3. the organs of fruiting; fruiting ...


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