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Meaning of BACK END

Pronunciation:  bak end

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the side of an object that is opposite its front; "his room was toward the rear of the hotel"
 Synonyms: backside, rear
 Antonyms: forepart, front, front end
 See Also: face, nape, nucha, rearward, scruff, side



Computing Dictionary

Any software performing either the final stage in a process, or a task not apparent to the user. A common usage is in a compiler. A compiler's back-end generates machine language and performs optimisations specific to the machine's architecture.

The term can also be used in the context of network applications. E.g. "The back-end of the system handles socket protocols".

Contrast front end.