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- The rear, back, or unseen portion (of something).
- The back end of the operation is kept out of sight of the customers.
- (computing) That part of a hardware or software system that is farthest from the user; the internals rather than the user interface.
- Antonym: front end
- 2002, Simson Garfinkel, Michael K. Mahoney, Building Cocoa Applications: A Step-by-step Guide, "O'Reilly Media, Inc." (→ISBN), page 295:
- Together, the MathDocument and PaperController classes comprise the MathPaper application's front end, while the Evaluator makes up the application's back end. This technique of having separate front and back ends is a common […]
- (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) The latter end of any given time, especially the latter part of the year; autumn; late autumn.
- (entertainment, etc.) Money paid on a contingent deferred basis, for example, as a proportion of the profits or revenue of a work.
- 1995, Jonathan Kirsch, Kirsch's Handbook of Publishing Law, page 212:
- so-called “back end” deals is speculative at best. Ideally, the author or book publisher will secure a percentage of gross revenues rather than net profits, but such deals are rare indeed.
- 2003, Melvin Simensky, Entertainment Law, page 1222:
- How does the taking of “back end” compensation affect the creative control asserted by an actor?
- 2013, Peter Biskind, Down and Dirty Pictures
- […] Miramax was going to buy out the U.S. and Canadian rights to the picture and terminate everyone else's participation for a payout that included a guaranteed amount for the back end, as well as bonuses if the film exceeded certain levels of U.S. box office performance.
- The processing of spent fuel from a nuclear reactor into reusable materials.
rear, back or invisible portion
computing: part of a system that is farthest from the user