back button


Definition of back button

: an icon on a computer screen that typically depicts a backward pointing arrow and that returns the user to a previously shown window or web page

called also back arrow

Examples of back button in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Garmin also integrated a physical home/back button below the screen, where a haptic one used to sit. Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2022 Please hit the back button on your browser or return to the homepage. Harpers Magazine, 4 Jan. 2022 The Watch4 replaces the Watch Active line with a more minimalistic and simple touch screen interface and two buttons, one home button, and one back button. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 The Car Thing is fairly simple: an oversize knob allows a user to scroll through content and select songs, while a single button below it acts as a back button. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, 13 Apr. 2021 Once each back button is assigned an input, the accessory behaves like a native extension of the controller, so there’s no additional friction when using the gamepad with a PC. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, 9 June 2020 Now, hit the back button to go to the main settings. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 28 Feb. 2020 On the right side is a back button and a home button, used for navigating and interacting with the watch, and a speaker grille is on the left side of the round housing. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, 27 Sep. 2019 Now, with Android 10, that back button has been replaced with a side-swipe gesture, which is sometimes confusing. Wired, 3 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of back button

1993, in the meaning defined above

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1 May 2022

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“Back button.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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