Definition of backspace in English:


Syllabification: back·space
Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌspās


  • 1A key on a typewriter or computer keyboard that causes the carriage or cursor to move backward.
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    • I've been digging through pictures cursing myself for not documenting my work better, typing the details from my notes then suddenly, I broke the backspace key on my computer.
    • I tapped on the keyboard, pressing the backspace key much more frequent than the other keys.
    • The backspace and the delete keys don't work on my computer right now because my sister spilled honey all over it.
  • 2A device on a video recorder or camcorder that produces a slight backward run between shots to eliminate disturbance caused by the interruption of the scanning process.


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  • Move a typewriter carriage or computer cursor back one or more spaces.
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    • The < BS > markers show where I hit the BackSpace key - note that the text I was backspacing over remains in the log.
    • I then peacefully backspaced through my email and re-wrote.
    • The telltale signs: writing a few words, then furiously backspacing; paralysis of the hands; an overwhelming desire to check my e-mail, surf the Web, get a soda, anything but confront the blank screen.

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