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 From there, the teams both missed the front ends of 1-and-1s before Fairfield nabbed its only lead when senior guard Jada Clark converted a three-point play for a 40-37 advantage with 7.4 seconds left. Dallas News, "Fairfield overcomes disastrous start, stuns five-time defending champion Argyle in OT to capture state title," 8 Mar. 2020 Mahaney finally went to the line with 7.4 seconds left and shockingly missed the front end of the 1-and-1. Damin Esper,, "Roundup: Salesian-Richmond girls beat Pinewood in basketball playoffs," 8 Mar. 2020 Stanley made the front end of the 1-and-1 but missed the second long after a Lawrence North timeout. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Lawrence North wins 1st sectional in 5 years — and did it the hard way in Sectional 10," 8 Mar. 2020 There was also damage to the front end of the vehicle and a crack in the windshield on the passenger side. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Man gets 47 years for intentionally running down Eagan couple in parking lot," 11 Oct. 2019 The tractor sustained substantial damage, and Jarry’s car was found several hundred feet ahead of the tractor and had heavy damage to the front end, police said. Maria Lovato,, "NH DOT employee seriously injured when car slams into tractor on Nashua highway," 23 Aug. 2019 The vehicle likely has extensive damage to the front end, Castillo said. Los Angeles Times, "Boy, 15, severely injured in hit-and-run in Historic South-Central L.A.," 7 Aug. 2019 Someone knocked the front bumper off a car, broke its windshield and made numerous scratches to the front end of the vehicle parked in the 900 block of South Humphrey Avenue between 3 p.m. July 13 and 7:30 a.m. July 16., "Oak Park police: Two offenders steal car, cash from driver on Austin Boulevard," 23 July 2019 Clayborn ran from the scene with his girlfriend, who had to climb out the back window of the Chevy because of the severe damage to the front end, according to a criminal complaint. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Driver in hit-and-run death of DPW worker is sentenced to 12 years in prison," 13 June 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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