backspace key

backspace

[bak-speys]
verb (used without object), backspaced, backspacing.
1.
to shift the carriage or typing element of a typewriter one space backward by depressing a special key.
2.
Computers. to move the cursor, printhead, etc., toward the beginning of the data.
noun
3.
the space made by backspacing.
4.
Also called backspacer, backspace key. the labeled key on a typewriter or computer keyboard used for backspacing.

Origin:
back2 + space

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backspace (ˈbækˌspeɪs)
 
vb
1.  to move a (typewriter carriage) backwards
 
n
2.  a typewriter key that effects such a movement

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