What does Frontier mean?

Definitions for Frontier
frʌnˈtɪər, frɒn-; also, esp. Brit., ˈfrʌn tɪərFron·tier

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. frontiernoun

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

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

  2. frontiernoun

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

  3. frontiernoun

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

    "he worked at the frontier of brain science"


  1. frontiernoun

    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. frontieradjective

    Lying on the exterior part; bordering; conterminous.

    a frontier town

  3. frontieradjective

    Of or relating to a frontier.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Frontieradjective


    A place there lies on Gallia’s utmost bounds,
    Where rising seas insult the frontier grounds. Addison.

  2. Frontiernoun

    The marches; the limit; the utmost verge of any territory; the border: properly that which terminates not at the sea, but fronts another country.

    Etymology: frontiere, French.

    Draw all the inhabitants of those borders away, or plant garrisons upon all those frontiers about him. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    I upon my frontiers here
    Keep residence,
    That little which is left so to defend. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frontiernoun

    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. Frontiernoun

    an outwork

  3. Frontieradjective

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

  4. Frontieradjective

    of or relating to a frontier

  5. Frontierverb

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

  6. Etymology: [F. frontire, LL. frontaria. See Front.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Frontier

    front′ēr, n. the boundary of a territory: (Shak.) an outwork.—adj. lying on the frontier: bordering.—v.t. (Spens.) to place on the frontier.—n. Front′iersman, one settled on the borders of a country. [O. Fr. frontier—L. frons.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. frontier

    The limits or borders of a country.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. frontier

    That part of a country which fronts or faces another country; the marches; the border, confines, or extreme part of a country, bordering on another country; hence, a fortified or guarded position. Also, lying on the exterior part; as, a frontier town. Acquired on a frontier; as, frontier experience.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Frontier in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Frontier in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Frontier in a Sentence

  1. Phil Harrison:

    We know that streaming is the next frontier for the games industry, we're not the only ones with this thought. But we're very confident that we have a unique set of capabilities and abilities.

  2. Verisk Maplecroft:

    Mato Grosso do Sul is an obvious flash point as it has a lot of land that is lacking formal title and it's of interest to international investors, areas with a rapidly expanding agricultural frontier and a large indigenous population are particularly at risk for land conflicts.

  3. George Hobica:

    Airline staff have been given a lot more power and have become policemen in the skies since 9-11, i think many are abusing that authority. Most of your rights and company policies—including when you are entitled to compensation for your inconvenience— are spelled out in the conditions of carriage which can be found on an airline’s website. The lengthy terms are filled with jargon and legalese, though they’re still worth eyeballing to understand the basics. Here are key reasons why an airline can bump you or otherwise make travel difficult for you: 1. The airline priced tickets for this flight too low.If a carrier realizes through its electronic reservation system that a non-stop flight fills too fast, that could indicate the ticket fares are too cheap. In such a case, your flight could be switched from a non-stop to a connecting flight. 2. The air marshal needs your seat. Because air marshals protect the public, they are sometimes seated in first class without prior warning. If one of them shows up and needs your seat, you can be bumped, reassigned to another seat, or put on the next available flight. And you won’t even get an explanation; the government doesn’t want you to blab that there’s an air marshal on board. 3. The carrier abandons the route. Consolidation within the industry has prompted some airlines to cut back on the number of available flights. Some, such as Allegiant Air and Frontier, have also abandoned routes that are no longer profitable. An airline should be required to put you on another carrier for the price you paid, says Hobica. But that’s not the case.

  4. Joseph McClernon:

    It's a frontier area, and one that we are interested in going after in terms of interventions for smoking cessation.

  5. Li Ka-shing:

    With this extradition law people thought, Okay, that's the last straw, we have to fight. We have to fight in front of this last frontier.

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. askant
    • B. numinous
    • C. tenebrous
    • D. motile

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