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See also: Frontier
- (General American) IPA(key): /fɹʌnˈtɪɹ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fɹʌnˈtɪə/
- Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: fron‧tier
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frontier (plural frontiers)
- The part of a country which borders or faces another country or unsettled region
- 1979, Richard Elphic and Hermann Guilomee (editors), The shaping of South African Society, 1652 - 1820, page 297:
- Unlike a boundary, which evokes the image of a line on a map and demarcates spheres of political control, the frontier is an area where colonisation is taking place....no authority is recognised as legitimate by all parties or is able to excersise undisputed control over the area.
- The most advanced or recent version of something; leading edge.
- the frontier of civilization
- (obsolete) An outwork of a fortification.
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene iii]:
- thou hast talk'd. Of sallies and retires, of trenches, tents,
Of palisadoes, frontiers, parapets
part of a country that fronts or faces another country or an unsettled region
- Lying on the exterior part; bordering; coterminous.
- a frontier town
lying on the exterior part; bordering; coterminous
- (intransitive) To live as pioneers on frontier territory.
- (transitive, obsolete) To place on the frontier.
- 1633, Edmund Spenser, A Vewe of the Present State of Irelande […], Dublin: […] Sir James Ware; reprinted as A View of the State of Ireland […], Dublin: […] the Society of Stationers, […] Hibernian Press, […] By John Morrison, 1809:
- now that it is no more a Border, nor frontiered with Enemies, why should such Privileges be any more continued?