Definition of back end in English:

back end

noun

  • 1The end of something that is farthest from the front or the working end.

    ‘the back end of the car swung around’
    • ‘I could feel myself losing control of the back end of the car and I was absolutely terrified about what was going to happen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 back end of her car was smashed in and there was a lot of glass around.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A gathering of spectators surrounded his car, the back end now entwined at the base of a tall oak.’
    • ‘No longer can players drive hard into a corner, then swing the back end of their car around the corner.’
    • ‘He stood abruptly and strode down the corridor towards the back end of the car.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The back end was completely crumpled and the rear window was shattered.’
    • ‘The front and back ends of the lifeboat had been blown away, and another man was clinging to the side of it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The front part is used for carving the lines and the back end for scratching off whole areas.’
    • ‘I thought at first we had a flat tyre because the back end of the car moved a little.’
    • ‘Making the back end of your car as wide as possible to avoid a pass from a pursuer.’
    • ‘All its windows were blown out and it's front and back ends showed clear impact damage.’
    • ‘Beat on it lightly with the back end of the brush to remove any clumps that remain.’
    hindmost part, appendage
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  • 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’
  • 3British The latter part of a period of time or process.

    ‘the book takes us up to the back end of last year’

adjective

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

    ‘many annuities have back-end surrender charges’
  • 2Computing
    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’
    ‘we need very sophisticated back-end engineering’
    • ‘The companies hope to help organisations tie their sales force automation software to back-end applications and databases.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Have all their systems integrated with their back-end databases for realtime information storage and retrieval.’
    • ‘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

/ˌbækˈɛnd//ˌbakˈend/