[ bak-speys ]
/ ˈbækˌspeɪs /
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verb (used without object), back·spaced, back·spac·ing.
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 backspacer, backspace key . the labeled key on a typewriter or computer keyboard used for backspacing.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
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British Dictionary definitions for backspace
/ (ˈbækˌspeɪs) /
to move a (typewriter carriage) backwards
a typewriter key that effects such a movement
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