head·​end | \ ˈhed-ˌend How to pronounce headend (audio) \

Definition of headend

: equipment or a facility which receives communications signals (such as cable television broadcasts) for distribution to a local region

Examples of headend in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fiber restoration, plant maintenance, and headend operations will be supported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast “not welcome” here: Customers protest sale of tiny cable company," 7 Feb. 2020 In January 2006, PC Services — or Groveland LLC — installed $300,000 worth of headend equipment on its own because residents were beginning to move in and demanding service, according to court records and Bustamante. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Lake County subdivision residents worry over $4.1M jury award in dispute involving cable, phone service," 26 July 2019

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Headend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headend. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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