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Front End
  • n. An intermediary computer that does set-up and filtering for another (usually more powerful but less friendly) machine (a `back end').
  • 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. " See also fepped out.
  • 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.