Meaning of backspace

back•space

Pronunciation: (bak'spās"), [key]
— v., n. -spaced, -spac•ing,
—v.i.
  1. to shift the carriage or typing element of a typewriter one space backward by depressing a special key.
  2. to move the cursor, printhead, etc., toward the beginning of the data.
—n.
  1. the space made by backspacing.
  2. Also calledthe labeled key on a typewriter or computer keyboard used for backspacing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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