backspace

[ bak-speys ]

verb (used without object),back·spaced, back·spac·ing.
  1. to shift the carriage or typing element of a typewriter one space backward by depressing a special key.

  2. Computers. to move the cursor, printhead, etc., toward the beginning of the data.

noun
  1. the space made by backspacing.

  2. Also called backspacer, backspace key . the labeled key on a typewriter or computer keyboard used for backspacing.

Origin of backspace

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British Dictionary definitions for backspace

backspace

/ (ˈbækˌspeɪs) /


verb
  1. to move a (typewriter carriage) backwards

noun
  1. a typewriter key that effects such a movement

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