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front end

front end in Technology

1. An intermediary computer that does set-up and filtering for another (usually more powerful but less friendly) machine (a "back end").
2. Software that provides an interface to another program "behind" it, which may not be as user-friendly. Probably from analogy with hardware front-ends that interfaced with mainframes.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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  • This man, who was in front end of way-car, was thrown to the ground.

    Railroad Accidents R. C. Richards
  • Mortimer saw the other occupants of the train moving toward the front end.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • In sections its front end appears as a ridge on one side or on the middle of the floor of the widened end of the medullary groove.

  • Every rope was brought to a ring at the front end of the sled.

    White Fang Jack London
  • On this particular morning Carter Brent was the only customer at the front end of the bar.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx

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