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Definition of front-end

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 The front end incorporates Audi's singleframe grille and similar headlights as other Audi models, while the rear has taillights that stretch across the width of the vehicle. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 25 July 2022 Routinely tasked with playing on an island, the front end of UAB’s secondary has developed a deep and well-experienced position group since the return of the program. Evan Dudley, al, 22 July 2022 The girl, another child and a man were bicycling southbound on Track Road when the front end of a gold Cadillac Escalade struck them. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, 22 July 2022 The Blazer EV’s front end features a horizontal light bar and a Chevrolet bow-tie logo that also lights up. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 18 July 2022 In this approach, the front end or the user experience can be custom-built with a few features bought as SaaS products or on-premises software. Sudhakar Namasivayam, Forbes, 3 June 2022 When opened, the entire hood is held suspended and the front end moves forward like a tray to reveal ample storage space underneath. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, 21 Apr. 2022 Frank had even sunk about $5,000 to get the car running again and fix a ding on the front end. A.j. Baime, WSJ, 4 June 2022 Injuries always play a big role in baseball races but the White Sox’s margin for error appears especially small with such a large commitment on the front end. Phil Rogers, Forbes, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of front-end


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 16 Aug. 2022.

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