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[bred-kruhm] /ˈbrɛdˌkrʌm/
a crumb of bread, either dried or soft.
Origin of breadcrumb
1760-70; bread + crumb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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the soft inner part of bread
(pl) bread crumbled into small fragments, as for use in cooking
verb (transitive)
to coat (food) with breadcrumbs: egg and breadcrumb the escalopes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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breadcrumbs in Technology

(After the story "Hansel and Gretel" by the Brothers Grimm).
1. Links displayed across the top of a web page listing the most recently visited pages so the reader can quickly jump back to one. Since this function is provided by the web browser, breadcrumbs are a waste of space.
A better use of the space is to display links to the page's logical parent pages in the information hierarchy.
2. Information output by statements inserted into a program for debugging by printf.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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