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

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When the Model 3 debuted in 2016, many people figured its Neo-from-The-Matrix front end was a placeholder. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Hardest Things To Get Used to on the Tesla Model 3," 10 Oct. 2018 Our job is to enforce the law and make an arrest on the front end. Nathan Mattise And Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Judge orders Cody Wilson’s arrest, but he skipped his return flight from Taiwan," 19 Sep. 2018 The front end of his SUV was ripped apart, the vehicle caught fire, and two other cars crashed into the rear end. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Tesla’s Autopilot steered car toward barrier before deadly crash, investigators say," 7 June 2018 Lagerald is a good free-throw shooter and missed a front end (with 38 seconds left and KU up six). Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Lagerald Vick snaps out of funk, scores 16 for KU in 83-77 win at Iowa State," 13 Feb. 2018 The minivan suffered front end damage while the car slammed into two utility poles, trapping its occupants inside. Joseph A. Gambardello,, "Police: Driver flees fatal 2-vehicle crash in Southwest Philadelphia," 21 May 2018 After locating the suspected vehicle — a 2008 Infinity G35 with moderate front end damage — officers used a tire deflation device to flatten one of the tires as the vehicle exited I-84 on Caya Avenue. Mikaela Porter,, "Search For Motorist Who Left Crash Scene Leads To Soft Lockdown Of West Hartford Middle School," 26 Mar. 2018 Their vehicle's front end was lodged under the trailer of the victim's rig. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Police: KCK trucker killed in I-29 wreck involving cop cars was walking on highway," 30 June 2018 The Pontiac Grand Am, with its front end smashed in, was left on the north side of the tracks, just east of Rutledge Street. Robert Blaszkiewicz,, "Police searching for driver of car hit by commuter train in Gary," 30 June 2018

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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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