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3 definitions found
 for front end
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  front end
      n 1: the side that is forward or prominent [syn: front, front
           end, forepart] [ant: back end, backside, rear]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  front end
   n.
  
      1. An intermediary computer that does set-up and filtering for another
      (usually more powerful but less friendly) machine (a back end).
  
      2. What you're talking to when you have a conversation with someone who is
      making replies without paying attention. ?Look at the dancing elephants!? ?
      Uh-huh.? ?Do you know what I just said?? ?Sorry, you were talking to the
      front end.?
  
      3. Software that provides an interface to another program ?behind? it,
      which may not be as user-friendly. Probably from analogy with hardware
      front-ends (see sense 1) that interfaced with mainframes.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  front end
  
     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.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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