1. Of or relating to the initial phase of a project or process: a front-end investment.
2. Of or relating to the forward parts of a vehicle: a front-end alignment.
3. Of or relating to the part of a software system or online service that the user interacts with: a front-end application.
4. Of or relating to the part of a business that is accessible or visible to the general public: front-end operations.
front end n.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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