frontier


frontier
frontier c.1400, from O.Fr. frontier "prow of a ship, front rank of an army" (13c.), from adj. frontier "facing, neighboring," from front "brow" (see FRONT (Cf. front)). Originally the front line of an army, sense of "borderland" is first attested early 15c. In reference to North America, from 1670s; later with a specific sense:
What is the frontier? ... In the census reports it is treated as the margin of that settlement which has a density of two or more to the square mile. [F.J. Turner, "The Frontier in American History," 1920]
Frontiersman is from 1782.

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  • Frontier —   [frʌn tɪə; amerikanisch »Grenze«] die, , in der nordamerikanischen Geschichte Begriff für die nach Westen vorrückende Siedlungsgrenze zwischen der von Indianern, Jägern und Fallenstellern beherrschten »Wildnis« und der nachfolgenden… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Frontier — Fron tier, a. 1. Lying on the exterior part; bordering; conterminous; as, a frontier town. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or relating to a frontier. Frontier experience. W. Irving. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frontier — Fron tier, v. i. To constitute or form a frontier; to have a frontier; with on. [Obs.] Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frontier — Frontier, ND U.S. city in North Dakota Population (2000): 273 Housing Units (2000): 78 Land area (2000): 0.179313 sq. miles (0.464419 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.179313 sq. miles (0.464419… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Frontier, ND — U.S. city in North Dakota Population (2000): 273 Housing Units (2000): 78 Land area (2000): 0.179313 sq. miles (0.464419 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.179313 sq. miles (0.464419 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • frontier — [frun tir′; ] also [ fräntir′] n. [ME frontere < OFr frontier < front: see FRONT1] 1. the border between two countries 2. ☆ a) that part of a settled, civilized country which lies next to an unexplored or undeveloped region b) the… …   English World dictionary

  • Frontier — Fron tier, n. [F. fronti[ e]re, 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frontier — [n1] boundary borderland, borderline, bound, confines, edge, limit, march, perimeter, verge; concepts 513,745 frontier [n2] unexplored, unoccupied area of land backcountry, backwater, backwoods, boondocks*, boonies*, bush, hinterland, outback,… …   New thesaurus

  • frontier — I noun ambit, border, borderland, bound, boundary, boundary line, circumjacencies, compass, confinium, demarcation line, edge, faubourg, finis, fringe, limit, limitations, line of demarcation, march, outer district, outer edge, outer part,… …   Law dictionary