Definition of carriage return in English:

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carriage return

(also carriage return key)


Another term for return (sense 5 of the noun).
Example sentences
  • Chadwick says: ‘With a typewriter you had the luxury of changing the paper and hitting the carriage return but with a computer your hands rarely move away from the keyboard.’
  • What with the heavy nature of the machines and the need to imprint through three layers of carbons, a strong stroke was needed on each key and a firm arm to whack the carriage return.
  • The carriage return is low, straight and unfussy so it can tuck inside.
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