Share this entry

Share this page

backspace

Line breaks: back|space
Pronunciation: /ˈbakspeɪs
 
/

Definition of backspace in English:

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] Back to top  
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.

Definition of backspace in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈemyələs
adjective
seeking to emulate or imitate someone or something