Definitions for Frontierfrʌnˈtɪər, frɒn-; also, esp. Brit., ˈfrʌn tɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fron•tier*frʌnˈtɪər, frɒn-; also, esp. Brit., ˈfrʌn tɪər(n.)

  1. the part of a country that borders another country; boundary; border.

  2. land that forms the furthest extent of a country's settled or inhabited regions.

  3. Often, frontiers. the limit of knowledge or the most advanced achievement in a particular field.

  4. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or located on the frontier:

    a frontier town.

* Syn: See boundary.

Origin of frontier:

1350–1400; ME frounter < OF frontier, der. of frontfront

fron•tier′like`(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. frontier(noun)

    a wilderness at the edge of a settled area of a country

    "the individualism of the frontier in Andrew Jackson's day"

  2. frontier(noun)

    an international boundary or the area (often fortified) immediately inside the boundary

  3. frontier(noun)

    an undeveloped field of study; a topic inviting research and development

    "he worked at the frontier of brain science"

Wiktionary

  1. frontier(Noun)

    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. frontier(Adjective)

    Lying on the exterior part; bordering; conterminous.

    a frontier town

  3. frontier(Adjective)

    Of or relating to a frontier.

  4. Origin: From fronter (whence Modern French frontière), from front.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frontier(noun)

    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. Frontier(noun)

    an outwork

  3. Frontier(adj)

    lying on the exterior part; bordering; conterminous; as, a frontier town

  4. Frontier(adj)

    of or relating to a frontier

  5. Frontier(verb)

    to constitute or form a frontier; to have a frontier; -- with on

Freebase

  1. Frontier

    A frontier is the political and geographical areas near or beyond a boundary. The term came from French in the 15th century, with the meaning "borderland"—the region of a country that fronts on another country. The word "frontier" also means a region at the edge of a settled area, especially in North American development. It is a transition zone where explorers, pioneers and settlers were arriving. That is, as pioneers moved into the "frontier zone", they were changed by the encounter. That is what Frederick Jackson Turner calls "the significance of the frontier." For example, Turner argues that, in United States' 1893, one change was that unlimited free land in this zone was available, and thus offered the psychological sense of unlimited opportunity. This, in turn, had many consequences such as optimism, future orientation, shedding of restraints due to land scarcity, and wastefulness of natural resources.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Frontier' in Nouns Frequency: #2456


Translations for Frontier

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

frontier(noun)

a boundary between countries

We crossed the frontier; (also adjective) a frontier town.

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