Definition of back end in English:

back end

noun

  • 1The end of something which is furthest from the front or the working end.

    ‘the back end of the car swung round’
    • ‘The front part is used for carving the lines and the back end for scratching off whole areas.’
    • ‘The front and back ends of the lifeboat had been blown away, and another man was clinging to the side of it.’
    • ‘He stood abruptly and strode down the corridor towards the back end of the car.’
    • ‘I met him half way to the back end of the ship and he handed me the telescope.’
    • ‘At the back end, newly designed tailpipes are integrated into the bumpers, while chrome plated double exhaust pipes add sporting flashes to the design.’
    • ‘The inquest heard that he lost control of the back end of his car on a bend and had not been able to avoid the collision on a road which was wet from earlier rain.’
    • ‘All its windows were blown out and it's front and back ends showed clear impact damage.’
    • ‘The back end of her car was smashed in and there was a lot of glass around.’
    • ‘He turned at the sound of tires screeching in time to see the back end of his car speed out of sight around the corner.’
    • ‘Mr McNeil, who estimated his speed at 80 to 85 mph, said he passed the first bumps without problem but then the back end of the car stepped out of line.’
    • ‘The patrols are on the lookout for certain aging car models, vehicles with low riding back ends, or cars that try to get close to vehicles as they pass a military convoy.’
    • ‘A gathering of spectators surrounded his car, the back end now entwined at the base of a tall oak.’
    • ‘I could feel myself losing control of the back end of the car and I was absolutely terrified about what was going to happen.’
    • ‘I thought at first we had a flat tyre because the back end of the car moved a little.’
    • ‘No longer can players drive hard into a corner, then swing the back end of their car around the corner.’
    • ‘It's hard to see the front end and the back end for parking.’
    • ‘You would have had to have been a devoted reader of the back ends of the newspaper to keep up with what was going on.’
    • ‘Beat on it lightly with the back end of the brush to remove any clumps that remain.’
    • ‘The back end was completely crumpled and the rear window was shattered.’
    • ‘Making the back end of your car as wide as possible to avoid a pass from a pursuer.’
    hindmost part, appendage
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    1. 1.1informal The rump or buttocks.
      ‘a face like the back end of a sheep’
      • ‘Wouldn't life be peachy if you had another motivation, outside of vanity and maybe one or two alleged health benefits, to drag that saggy, sorry old back-end of yours to the gym?’
      • ‘At least you don't spend your whole day staring at the back end of a mule.’
      end, tail end, rear end, tail
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    2. 1.2 The latter part of a period of time.
      ‘the book takes us up to the back end of last year’
      • ‘The plant is not due to close until the back end of next year.’
      • ‘Some people have questioned whether a club should be allowed to sign someone for a few games at the back end of the season and therefore to effectively have them for the play-offs.’
      • ‘The feel-good-factor that started at the back end of last season has rolled on through the summer leaving fans contemplating their most successful campaign in years.’
      • ‘I would hope by the back end of next month, if everything continues to go well, I will be in shape to play a competitive match.’
      • ‘I have had a chat with him and to be fair he hasn't looked as sharp as he did at the back end of last season.’
      • ‘It will be the back end of ten years before we see any benefit to the city.’
      • ‘Without enough trade at the back end of this year, farmers would have a major difficulty in finding an outlet for their beef.’
      • ‘Something we didn't find tedious, however, was the interview broadcast at the back end of last year.’
      • ‘The fishing on all of the islands seems best in the summer months, peaking and then tailing off before the back end of the season.’
      • ‘He disagrees and says perhaps the economy is going through a short hibernation, which will end sooner than people think by the back end of next year.’
      • ‘They have come on quite strong at the back end of the season and this will be a tough game.’
      • ‘It would also have a serious effect at the back end of the year, as many smaller farmers will rely on beef finishers to purchase their weanlings and store cattle.’
      • ‘He will undertake an American tour at the back end of the year.’
      • ‘After 16 years in London, Gary moved to the popular Egyptian resort town at the back end of last year because of his great love of scuba-diving.’
      • ‘It has worked, but it has been helped by the new method of calculating inflation introduced at the back end of last year that has worked just as well for political rather than economic reasons.’
      • ‘Reed added: ‘We identified at the back end of last year that we wanted to improve in a couple of positions.’’
      • ‘The clock, situated on top of the Popular Stand, has not worked since the back end of last year when it was hit by a falling branch.’
      • ‘After missing the cut on his chastened return to the tour qualifying school at the back end of last year, he has notched up three top-ten finishes from four events.’
      • ‘I had to play a few games at the back end of the season to prove my fitness and this is what makes it worthwhile; the World Cup was my main aim this season.’
      • ‘It was his grandfather Edmund who started the business in Middleham at the back end of the 19th century, before his father, also called Edmund, took over.’
  • 2Computing
    The part of a computer system or application that is not directly accessed by the user, typically responsible for storing and manipulating data.

    ‘the back end has three parts to it: server, application, and database’

adjective

  • 1attributive Relating to the end of a project, process, or investment.

    ‘many annuities have back-end surrender charges’
  • 2Computing
    attributive Relating to or denoting the part of a computer system or application that is not directly accessed by the user, typically responsible for storing and manipulating data.

    ‘a back-end database server’
    • ‘The companies hope to help organisations tie their sales force automation software to back-end applications and databases.’
    • ‘Have all their systems integrated with their back-end databases for realtime information storage and retrieval.’
    • ‘This seems a little harsh especially when we consider that an attempt by hackers to access the back-end system behind the website failed, according to reports.’
    • ‘Most often, these applications access a back-end database to serve dynamically generated content to the users.’
    • ‘For example, let's assume that I have to create an extremely large web site that depends on a back-end relational database.’

Pronunciation

back end