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intr.v. back·spaced, back·spac·ing, back·spac·es
a. To move an onscreen cursor one character to the left, typically deleting the character that is there, by pressing the backspace key.
b. To move a typewriter carriage back one space by striking the backspace key.
The backspace key.
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(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) to move a (typewriter carriage) backwards
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a typewriter key that effects such a movement
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v. -spaced, -spac•ing,
1. to move the typing element of a typewriter, the cursor on a computer display, etc., one space backward, as by depressing a special key.n.
2. the labeled key on a keyboard used for backspacing.
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Past participle: backspaced
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|Noun||1.||backspace - the typewriter key used for back spacing|
key - a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed
typewriter keyboard - a keyboard for manually entering characters to be printed
|Verb||1.||backspace - hit the backspace key on a computer or typewriter keyboard; "To erase, you must backspace"|
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