Definitions for backspaceˈbækˌspeɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

back•spaceˈbækˌspeɪs(v.; n.)-spaced, -spac•ing

  1. (v.i.)to move the typing element of a typewriter, the cursor on a computer display, etc., one space backward, as by depressing a special key.

    Category: Printing

  2. (n.)the labeled key on a keyboard used for backspacing.

    Category: Computers

Princeton's WordNet

  1. backspace key, backspace, backspacer(verb)

    the typewriter key used for back spacing

  2. backspace(verb)

    hit the backspace key on a computer or typewriter keyboard

    "To erase, you must backspace"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. backspace(noun)ˈbækˌspeɪs

    a computer key that moves the cursor backward


  1. backspace(Noun)

    The key on a typewriter that moves the head one position backwards.

  2. backspace(Noun)

    A keyboard key used for removing a character behind the cursor, and moving the cursor one position backwards.

  3. backspace(Verb)

    To remove a character behind a cursor.

  4. backspace(Verb)

    To move a magnetic tape to a previous block.


  1. Backspace

    Backspace is the keyboard key that originally pushed the typewriter carriage one position backwards, and in modern computer systems moves the display cursor one position backwards, deletes the character at that position, and shifts back the text after that position by one position.


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