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An intermediary computer that does set-up and filtering for another (usually more powerful but less friendly) machine (a "back end").
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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front endThe head, starting point or input side in a system. For example, it may refer to the graphical interface on a user's workstation where all data are entered or to a communications system, such as a front end processor or TP monitor that accepts incoming transactions and messages. See back end.
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