backspace

verb
back·​space | \ ˈbak-ˌspās How to pronounce backspace (audio) \
backspaced; backspacing; backspaces

Definition of backspace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move back a space in a text with the press of a key

backspace

noun

Definition of backspace (Entry 2 of 2)

: an instance of backspacing also : the key pressed in backspacing

Examples of backspace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With nearly 35,000 likes, a viral tweet revealed how to backspace on the iPhone calculator. Max Londberg, kansascity.com, 6 May 2017 A quick Google search also turned up similar links from several years ago showing users how to swipe on the calculator to backspace. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 5 May 2017 On Apple’s support page, a user asked how to backspace on the iPhone calculator in 2010. Max Londberg, kansascity.com, 6 May 2017 The thread explained there is, in fact, a way to backspace on your iPhone calculator by swiping the numbers in black to the left or right. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, 4 May 2017 Ubuntu (and some other flavors of Linux): Open a Terminal window and run the following line of code: setxkbmap -option caps:backspaceThat's it! Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, 16 Mar. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And they’re typically triggered by something small and unanticipated—a stubbed toe, a spill on our shirt, or (for me recently) a broken backspace key on the laptop. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2020 The caps lock key is half size, the arrow keys are surrounded by home and end keys, and worst of all, the delete key is found right next to the backspace key, with no space between them. Dan Seifert, The Verge, 2 Aug. 2019 In an age of instant communication and keyboards with shortcuts and backspaces, using a typewriter may seem archaic. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, 9 Feb. 2018 A recent study by Leow and Nelson, who is the dean of the University of Illinois College of Engineering, showed cell phone metadata such as typing speed, spelling errors and using backspace while texting correlate with manic and depressive episodes. Alison Bowen, miamiherald, 21 June 2017 A recent study by Leow and Nelson, who is the dean of the University of Illinois College of Engineering, showed cell phone metadata such as typing speed, spelling errors and using backspace while texting correlate with manic and depressive episodes. Alison Bowen, miamiherald, 21 June 2017 Turns out Johnson wasn't the only one whose mind was blown by this hidden way to backspace. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, 4 May 2017 A recent study by Leow and Nelson, who is the dean of the University of Illinois College of Engineering, showed cell phone metadata such as typing speed, spelling errors and using backspace while texting correlate with manic and depressive episodes. Alison Bowen, miamiherald, 21 June 2017 A recent study by Leow and Nelson, who is the dean of the University of Illinois College of Engineering, showed cell phone metadata such as typing speed, spelling errors and using backspace while texting correlate with manic and depressive episodes. Alison Bowen, miamiherald, 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of backspace

Verb

1898, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backspace was in 1898

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“Backspace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backspace. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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backspace

noun

English Language Learners Definition of backspace

: a key that is pressed on a typewriter or computer keyboard to move back toward the beginning of a line of text

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