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backspace

[bak-speys] /ˈbækˌspeɪs/
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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British Dictionary definitions for backspace key

backspace

/ˈbækˌspeɪs/
verb
1.
to move a (typewriter carriage) backwards
noun
2.
a typewriter key that effects such a movement
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