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  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    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}.