front-end

adjective
\ ˈfrənt-ˌend How to pronounce front-end (audio) \

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

noun
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 black Toyota’s right front end appeared to be badly damaged from being jammed into a vehicle in front of it; its windshield was partially shattered, the hood crumpled up and its two front tires askew. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 10 June 2021 The new design doesn't look radically different from the current model, but the front end has a more prominent grille and a snazzier lighting setup, while the rear has new taillights and a reshaped tailgate. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 9 June 2021 The front end of it is a living room, again with floor-to-ceiling windows. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 29 May 2021 The worst crash came when Cole Custer, seeking a visible racing line, smashed into the back of Martin Truex Jr. — who had just hit Michael McDowell — and Custer’s front end briefly burst into a fireball on Lap 25. Jim Vertuno, orlandosentinel.com, 24 May 2021 Custer's front end briefly burst into a fireball on lap 25. Jim Vertuno, Star Tribune, 23 May 2021 The worst crash came when Cole Custer, seeking a visible racing line, smashed into the back of Martin Truex Jr. — who had just hit Michael McDowell — and Custer’s front end briefly burst into a fireball on lap 25. Jim Vertuno, ajc, 23 May 2021 Auburn rebounded and was fouled but missed its own front end of a 1-and-1. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Mar. 2021 The grant, according to city officials, will be used to rehabilitate the K-1 Center including the front end of the building that faces Church Street and Fairhoper’s Community Park. al, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of front-end

Adjective

1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Front-end.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/front-end. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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