Definitions for: Frontier


[n] an undeveloped field of study; a topic inviting research and development; "he worked at the frontier of brain science"
[n] an international boundary or the area (often fortified) immediately inside the boundary
[n] a wilderness at the edge of a settled area of a country; "the individualism of the frontier in Andrew Jackson's day"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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 border of the settled and cultivated
part of a country; as, the frontier of civilization.

2. (Fort.) An outwork. [Obs.]

Palisadoes, frontiers, parapets. --Shak.


Fron"tier, a.
1. Lying on the exterior part; bordering; conterminous; as, a
frontier town.

2. Of or relating to a frontier. ``Frontier experience.''
--W. Irving.


Fron"tier, v. i.
To constitute or form a frontier; to have a frontier; -- with
on. [Obs.] --Sir W. Temple.

See Also: bailiwick, bound, boundary, bounds, branch of knowledge, discipline, field, field of study, study, subject, subject area, subject field, wild, wilderness

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