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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Such conglomerates have striven to run the front end of the brands independently, allowing them to express their individual creative visions, while combining operations on the back-end business operations to realize economies of scale. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Michael Kors Woos Versace in Push for Foothold in High Fashion," 24 Sep. 2018 The driver and his two passengers escaped the accident without serious injury, according to The Sun, despite the heavy damage suffered by the front end and left side of the vehicle. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Driver dramatically wrecks $150G Maserati he borrowed from friend," 13 Sep. 2018 Are the front ends of new cars too low or parking blocks too high? Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Morning Spin: As Supreme Court ruling threatens labor, teacher union leader says it’s been adding members," 2 July 2018 The flames, glowing bright orange in the night, engulfed the bottom of the car and much of the front end. David Scott And Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "'We will ... figure it out.' Charlotte's William Byron learns a 600 lesson. | Charlotte Observer," 28 May 2018 This program, not the same as the in-car interface many car manufacturers now ship, has offered drivers a stripped-down front end for Android since 2016. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, "This new smartphone feature should be used by every driver, from teen to seasoned commuter," 20 May 2018 The front end had been badly crumpled in an accident, and Ms. Jones did not have the money to fix it. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "Georgia State, Leading U.S. in Black Graduates, Is Engine of Social Mobility," 15 May 2018 Just taking a few moments on the front end can save you a lot of time and heartache and finances on the back end. Dennis Nishi, WSJ, "The Cybersecurity Mistakes Startups Make When They Get Big," 25 Nov. 2018 The idea is to work the lyrics out of you like an emotion welling up in the heart, like a situation that needs fixing, like a journey with oppression on the back end and hope on the front end. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "Total Experience Gospel Choir’s last days: Pat Wright built legacy with gusto of a freedom fighter," 1 Oct. 2018

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1962, in the meaning defined above


1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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