caps lock

noun

Definition of caps lock

: a function on a computer keyboard that mimics the effect of holding down a shift key
  • Depending on the way the terminal or keyboard is designed, when caps lock is in effect the shift key may be ignored or it may cause a reverse shift: when the caps lock is in effect, the shift key puts letters back into lowercase.
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1984


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