Definition of front end in English:

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front end

Pronunciation: /frən(t) ˈend/


1The front of a car or other vehicle.
Example sentences
  • For example, in the offset test, heavy vehicles need to have a stiff front end to pass.
  • In situations where you would expect understeer on street tyres, the sticky rubber endows the front end with amazing grip.
  • Just try not to push the front end too much or load the front tyre beyond its limit.
2The part of a radio or television receiver to which the aerial signal goes first.
Example sentences
  • Mobile radios are designed to be very wideband, especially in the front end.
  • Apollo Telescope Mount front end at the moment of film retrieval by astronaut.
  • For instance, filtering techniques in an RF front-end mitigate out-of-band jamming from the unit's LCD screen or other radios.
3 Computing A part of a computer or program that allows access to other parts.
Example sentences
  • One area where most codec makers have fallen short is in providing useful software front-ends for tweaking audio.
  • The software supports multiple front-ends, including a standard GPS L1 front-end providing IF samples with a resolution of 1, 2, or 4 bits per sample over a USB2.0 interface in real time.
  • The Desktop Linux Consortium includes a number of firms involved with crafting desktop Linux distributions and front-ends.


1(Of money) paid or charged at the beginning of a transaction: a front-end fee
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  • I hope that the Minister's doubts can be resolved in favour of boosting private savings by front-end tax incentives.
  • Financial Engineering Network charges a front-end fee of €4,950 to establish the fund from start to finish.
  • Even without the high front-end payments, many policyholders faced unknown and potentially high copayments.
2 Computing (Of a device or program) directly accessed by the user and allowing access to further devices, programs, or databases.
Example sentences
  • Sane software comes in two parts: the back-end driver software and the front-end user interfaces.
  • The front-end tool he chose was Wylib, which he had coded.
  • Because this approach does not require a front-end switch, it's easier to scale through a single set of trunk interfaces.
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