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backspace

verb back·space \ ˈbak-ˌspās \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of backspace

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

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First Known Use of backspace

1898


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backspace

noun

Definition of backspace

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

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First Known Use of backspace

1912


BACKSPACE Defined for English Language Learners

backspace

noun

Definition of backspace for English Language Learners

  • : 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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