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 The pleats on its front convincingly disguise the style as a skirt, but the back looks like a pair of trouser shorts with a back button pocket. Nicola Fumo, Peoplemag, 1 Aug. 2023 Jamie Lee Curtis in Romona Keveza The night’s best supporting actress winner for Everything Everywhere All at Once, Jamie Lee Curtis wore a red crepe gown by Romona Keveza, featuring a deep V-neck and fluted skirt and accented with back buttons that extended to the end of the train. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Feb. 2023 Label the note and hit the back button. New York Times, 1 Dec. 2021 Disney parks pin-back button is $5. oregonlive, 13 Apr. 2021 If you’re used to stock Android phones, you’re probably also thrown off by the button order along the bottom—Samsung has always put the back button on the opposite side as Google. Whitson Gordon, Popular Science, 29 June 2020 Not Disturb requires Dance Dance Revolution-level choreography: Long-press top left, up button six times, short-press top right then short-press back button. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, 30 Oct. 2022 Other Redditors mentioned the flexibility to switch manufacturers year-to-year, the universal back button, a genuine choice in web browsers, and familiarity with the OS. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 26 Sep. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1993, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of back button was in 1993

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Cite this Entry

“Back button.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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