Definition of backspace in English:

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backspace

Pronunciation: /ˈbakspeɪs/

noun

1A key on a typewriter or computer keyboard used to cause the carriage or cursor to move backwards.
Example sentences
  • 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 which produces a slight backward run between shots to eliminate disturbance caused by the interruption of the scanning process: [as modifier]: begin with a few seconds of static shot, remembering to allow for backspace time

verb

[no object]
Move a typewriter carriage or computer cursor backwards.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with backspace

abase, ace, apace, base, bass, brace, case, chase, dace, efface, embrace, encase, enchase, enlace, face, grace, interlace, interspace, in-your-face, lace, mace, misplace, outface, outpace, pace, place, plaice, race, space, Thrace, trace, upper case

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