Definitions for frontier
frʌnˈtɪər, frɒn-; also, esp. Brit., ˈfrʌn tɪərfron·tier
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a wilderness at the edge of a settled area of a country
"the individualism of the frontier in Andrew Jackson's day"
an international boundary or the area (often fortified) immediately inside the boundary
an undeveloped field of study; a topic inviting research and development
"he worked at the frontier of brain science"
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.
Lying on the exterior part; bordering; conterminous.
a frontier town
Of or relating to a frontier.
Etymology: From fronter (whence Modern French frontière), from front.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A place there lies on Gallia’s utmost bounds,
Where rising seas insult the frontier grounds. Addison.
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
That little which is left so to defend. John Milton, Paradise Lost.
A frontier is the political and geographical area near or beyond a boundary. A frontier can also be referred to as a "front". The term came from French in the 15th century, with the meaning "borderland"—the region of a country that fronts on another country (see also marches). Unlike a border—a rigid and clear-cut form of state boundary—in the most general sense a frontier can be fuzzy or diffuse. For example, the frontier between the Eastern United States and the Old West in the 1800s was an area where European American settlements gradually thinned out and gave way to Native American settlements or uninhabited land. The frontier was not always a single continuous area, as California and various large cities were populated before the land that connected those to the East. Frontiers and borders also imply different geopolitical strategies. In Ancient Rome, the Roman Republic experienced a period of active expansion and creating new frontiers. From the reign of Augustus onward, the Roman borders turned into defensive boundaries that divided the Roman and non-Roman realms. In the eleventh-century China, China's Song Dynasty defended its northern border with the nomadic Liao empire by building an extensive manmade forest. Later in the early twelfth century, Song Dynasty invaded the Liao and dismantled the northern forest, converting the former defensive border into an expanding frontier.In modern history, colonialism and imperialism has applied and produced elaborate use and concepts of a frontier, especially in the settler colonial states of North America, expressed by the "Manifest Destiny" and "Frontier Thesis". Mobile frontiers was discussed during the Schengen convention. It was used by Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru to describe Mao Zedong's actions of grabbing Indian territory before and during the 1962 War through a creeping process. Albert Nevett, in his 1954 book "India Going Red?" wrote that "The Empire of Soviet Communism has 'mobile frontiers'".
Frontier generally refers to a border, boundary, or a limit beyond which something extends or occurs. It can also represent an area or field of activity, knowledge, or exploration that is uncharted or yet to be fully explored. The term originated from the geographical context, referring to the westernmost part of a country, where the land is wild and unsettled.
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
lying on the exterior part; bordering; conterminous; as, a frontier town
of or relating to a frontier
to constitute or form a frontier; to have a frontier; -- with on
Etymology: [F. frontire, LL. frontaria. See Front.]
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
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
The limits or borders of a country.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
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
Rank popularity for the word 'frontier' in Nouns Frequency: #2456
The numerical value of frontier in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of frontier in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.
We stand today on the edge of a new frontier-the frontier of the 1960s-a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils-a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats.
As successive terminal moraines result form successive glaciations, so each frontier leaves its traces behind it, and when it becomes a settled area the region still partakes of the frontier characteristics. Thus the advance of the frontier has meant a steady movement away from the influence of Europe, a steady growth of independence on American lines.”
The new frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises-it is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them. It appeals to their pride, not their pocketbook-it holds out the promise of more sacrifice instead of more security.
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- حدود, حدArabic
- граница, граниченBulgarian
- fronterer, fronteraCatalan, Valencian
- pohraničí, pomezíCzech
- frontiera, confineItalian
- フロンティア, 境界, 国境Japanese
- ទល់ដែន, ជាយដែនKhmer
- de finibus, finisLatin
- pierobeža, robežaLatvian
- окраина, окраинный, приграничный, рубеж, границаRussian
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