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Definition of front-end

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1 : relating to, occurring in, or required at the beginning of an undertaking or business transaction no front-end charge at the time of investment He pays close attention to financial matters and can speak the language of "front-end money," "back-end money" and the rest of it.— Erik Hedegaard — compare back-end sense 1
2 computing : visible to the user of a device or service a front-end application/interface — compare back-end sense 2

front end

plural front ends

Definition of front end (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the front part or section of something Soon the front end of the ship began to go down and down, faster and faster—till the boat looked almost as though it were standing on its head.— Hugh Lofting
2 computing
a : a unit in a computer system devoted to controlling the data communications link between terminals and the main computer and often to the preliminary processing of data
b : a software interface (such as a graphical user interface) designed to enable user-friendly interaction with a computer … you'll want to use this well-designed, easy-to-use front end for Windows' obscure command-line tools.— Edward Mendelson — compare back end sense 3
3 : the initial part or period of a business arrangement or financial undertaking Once a record company has sunk a lot of money on the front end of a project, with big-name producers and an expensive video, she says, "They're afraid of spending money on anything else."— Mimi Valdés In sum, the initiative aims to force … residents to pay more of their own fire protection expenses, and to pay those expenses on the front end.— David Sirota — compare back end sense 2

Examples of front-end in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kia also fitted a skid plate to the front end, which is particularly silly considering that the Sedona isn't likely to be doing any off-roading. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2022 Kia Sedona Redesigned to Be More SUV-Like, and It Looks Good," 24 June 2020 The idea is to set expectations for officers on the front end, to better avoid disasters on the back end. Robert Kuznia, CNN, "When it comes to policing the police, strong watchdogs are the exception," 25 June 2020 The chassis has been stiffened by 50 percent, and a race car-like double wishbone suspension added to the front end for better handling. cleveland, "Remade Acura TLX challenges Cadillac, BMW performance," 13 June 2020 Across the trim levels, the 2021 Crosstrek sees aesthetic upgrades, including sharp, sporty lines running the length of the car and a more rugged-looking front end. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "2021 Subaru Crosstrek Adds 2.5-Liter Engine, Gets Updated Look," 9 June 2020 The officer was crushed between a bollard in front of the building and the front end of the SUV. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "BREAKING: Man accused of running over Missouri police officer with a car, urinating at police station," 9 June 2020 The front end windshield was damaged, and the car had a window shade in the back passenger side window, police said. Catherine Marfin, Dallas News, "Police searching for suspect in hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian in South Dallas," 2 June 2020 Coach Hazelton has allowed us to be a part of putting this big puzzle together and having those guys with that knowledge in the front end and the back end. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan State football is drawing on past 'brotherhood' in coaching staff hires," 22 Apr. 2020 One way to get resources is to triage at the front end and the other way is to stop treating some of the back end to free up a bed, personnel, ventilators. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "An Ethicist on How to Make Impossible Decisions," 1 Apr. 2020

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1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Front-end.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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