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carriage return

(on a typewriter) the key or mechanism that causes the next character typed to appear at the left margin and on a new line.
Computers. the symbol, command, or key (return) that causes the printer to be positioned or the cursor to be displayed at the left margin. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then send them and their mammies home, and let the carriage return for you and the ladies; unless they wish to go now.

    Elsie's Womanhood Martha Finley
  • She frequently looked out, hoping to see the carriage return, 83 but was disappointed.

    Alonzo and Melissa Daniel Jackson, Jr.
carriage return in Technology

(CR, Control-M, ASCII 13) The character which causes the cursor to move to the left margin, often used with line feed to start a new line of output.
Encoded in C and Unix as "\r".

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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