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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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 Toyota’s Sienna minivan, one of the best people haulers on the market, returned for 2018 with a restyled front end, some new safety technology and a quieter ride. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Toyota Sienna gets some upgrades for 2018, including new front end," 7 July 2018 Cagnana was hit at 8:17 p.m. Six hours later at a 7-Eleven, a deputy spotted Posta sitting in a white Ford F-150 with a heavily damaged front end, an arrest report said. Tonya Alanez,, "Driver left scene of fatal wreck 6 hours before arrest for DUI, cops say," 16 June 2018 Images of the crash scene showed a Waymo minivan with its side caved in and another vehicle with a smashed front end. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Waymo self-driving minivan involved in crash in Arizona," 4 May 2018 The most notable change will be its look from the front end, which will be sharper, more angular with will ditch some of the comparisons to looking like a Star Wars stormtrooper. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "New York Auto Show: Toyota gives new RAV4 SUV sharper looks, more power," 28 Mar. 2018

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1962, in the meaning defined above


1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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