front line


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front·line

 (frŭnt′līn′)
n. also front line
1. A front or boundary, especially one between military, political, or ideological positions.
2. Basketball See frontcourt.
3. Football The linemen of a team.
4. Sports The players who play farthest forward, as in volleyball.
adj. or front-line
1. Located or used at a military front.
2. Of or relating to the most advanced or important position or activity in a field or undertaking: "elicited candid revelations from many of the front-line executives ... and doggedly followed the money trail down all its byways" (Steve Fraser).
3. Sports
a. Of or relating to the frontline.
b. Being a member of the regular team; first-string: a team in need of a frontline catcher.
4. Performing the most basic tasks or interacting directly with customers, patients, or clients: a frontline caregiver; frontline caseworkers.

front line

n
1. (Military) military the most advanced military units or elements in a battle
2. the most advanced, exposed, or conspicuous element in any activity or situation
3. (modifier)
a. of, relating to, or suitable for the front line of a military formation: frontline troops.
b. Brit of, relating to, or suitable for public service and business employees who are in direct contact with the public: frontline staff.
c. to the fore; advanced, conspicuous, etc: frontline news.
d. of or relating to a country bordering on or close to a hostile country or scene of armed conflict: leaders of the frontline states attended the summit.

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n.
2. the visible forefront in any action, activity, or field.
[1915–20]

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adj.
1. located or designed to be used at a military front line: a front-line helicopter.
2. of, pertaining to, or involving the forefront in any action, activity, or field: front-line athletics.
[1910–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.front line - the line along which opposing armies face each otherfront line - the line along which opposing armies face each other
battlefield, battleground, field of battle, field of honor, field - a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought; "they made a tour of Civil War battlefields"
line - a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops); "they attacked the enemy's line"
Translations

front line

n (Mil) → prima linea
References in classic literature ?
Before stationing his men the young officer of whom we are writing had pointed out to his two sergeants the spot at which he would be found if it should be necessary to consult him, or if his presence at the front line should be required.
The second squadron that had been in the front line followed them across and the last Cossacks quitted the farther side of the river.
and you can take my word for it, if the battalion hasn't too much of a start we catch up and go over the breastworks with the front line.
I am less affected by their heroism who stood up for half an hour in the front line at Buena Vista, than by the steady and cheerful valor of the men who inhabit the snowplow for their winter quarters; who have not merely the three-o'-clock-in-the-morning courage, which Bonaparte thought was the rarest, but whose courage does not go to rest so early, who go to sleep only when the storm sleeps or the sinews of their iron steed are frozen.
Meantime Ulysses and his son fell upon the front line of the foe and smote them with their swords and spears; indeed, they would have killed every one of them, and prevented them from ever getting home again, only Minerva raised her voice aloud, and made every one pause.
As he neared the front lines the troops became more numerous.
THE teenage girl who forced a U-turn on Tory policy not to use women in the front line has been accepted into the RAF.
On those front lines we treated a lot of people through clouds of tear gas.
But staying in touch with the front lines is getting increasingly difficult.
This analysis suggests that there is a generalizable process occurring at the front lines of both sectors that is not capitalized upon by existing management approaches.
Cooling's newest paintings live on that front line. They are done in a classical style, but instead of the religious icons one would expect to see in this setting, Cooling has inserted female bodybuilders.
According to Alfa Laval of Theta House, Doman Road, Camberley, Surrey, tel:0127 641 3632, their Front Line range is available in three different pressure classes: 10, 16 and 21 barg.