Belonging to the front part; being in front; especially.

<anatomy> .

Of or pertaining to the forehead or the anterior part of the roof of the brain case; as, the frontal bones.

Origin: Cf. F. Frontal.

1. Something worn on the forehead or face; a frontlet; as: An ornamental band for the hair.

The metal face guard of a soldier.

2. A little pediment over a door or window.

3. A movable, decorative member in metal, carved wood, or, commonly, in rich stuff or in embroidery, covering the front of the altar. Frontals are usually changed according to the different ceremonies.

4. <medicine> A medicament or application for the forehead.

5. <anatomy> The frontal bone, or one of the two frontal bones, of the cranium. Frontal hammer or helve, a forge hammer lifted by a cam, acting upon a "tongue" immediately in front of the hammer head.

Origin: F. Frontal, fronteau, OF. Frontel, frontal, L. Frontale an ornament for the forehead, frontlet. See Front.

(01 Mar 1998)

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