Definition of front-end

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or required at the beginning of an undertaking no front-end charge at the time of investment

front end


Definition of front end (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : 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
2 : a software interface (such as a graphical user interface) designed to enable user-friendly interaction with a computer

Examples of front-end in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Notably, the headlights and portions of the front end look a bit like the Porsche Taycan, and the large windshield and squared-off back end are reminiscent of the Tesla Model 3. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Sony Reveals Vision-S Concept, Stakes Claim to Be Part of the Electric-Car Future," 7 Jan. 2020 Shocking footage captured by several witnesses showed the moment where the Legend’s front end slowly glided into a portion of the Glory’s windows, sending debris from the crash into the ocean. Joelle Goldstein,, "6 Passengers Injured After 2 Carnival Cruise Ships Collide Near Port in Cozumel, Mexico," 20 Dec. 2019 Some travelers tend to do a lot of research on the front end. Washington Post, "Don't let the cost of your trip take you by surprise," 19 Dec. 2019 The analysis does not contain information about the targeting choices the advertiser made on the front end. ProPublica, "Facebook Ads Can Still Discriminate Against Women and Older Workers, Despite a Civil Rights Settlement," 13 Dec. 2019 However, Qualcomm showed off the Snapdragon 865 chipset with a discrete X55 modem attached, in order to reproduce the functionality of the front end on other devices. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 865 mobile chip focuses on 5G," 3 Dec. 2019 Customer service Maryland resident Benny Tucker, 41, has been without his 2016 Cadillac Escalade since Oct. 17, the day he was involved in an accident in Westminster, Maryland, that caused $18,000 in damage to his front end. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM customers rage as automaker struggles with strike-related parts delay," 20 Dec. 2019 Damage to the truck most likely would be to its front end on the passenger side, possibly to the bumper, hood or windshield, Cuici said. Zach Murdock,, "Berlin police looking for red pickup truck involved in fatal hit and run last week," 21 Oct. 2019 Its front end was smashed and its airbags deployed in the crash. Wayne K. Roustan,, "SUV wrecked in crash with school bus," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of front-end


1962, in the meaning defined above


1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Front-end.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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