- to shift the carriage or typing element of a typewriter one space backward by depressing a special key.
- Computers. to move the cursor, printhead, etc., toward the beginning of the data.
- the space made by backspacing.
- Also called back·spac·er, backspace key. the labeled key on a typewriter or computer keyboard used for backspacing.
Origin of backspace
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- to move a (typewriter carriage) backwards
- a typewriter key that effects such a movement
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