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backspace

[′bak‚spās]
(computer science)
To move a recording medium one unit in the reverse or background direction.
(mechanical engineering)
To move a typewriter carriage back one space by depressing a backspace key.

backspace

(character)
(BS) ASCII code 8, Control-H. The control character that should cause most output devices to move their current output position back to the previous character so that the next character output will replace (or overprint) it. Inputting a backspace (typically by pressing the backspace key) causes many systems to delete the character before the input cursor, though others use delete for this.

See twirling baton for an imaginitive use of backspace.

backspace

(1) To move to the left. A backspace command to the printer moves the print head one character to the left. See Backspace key.

(2) To move to the previous block on a magnetic tape.
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The remaining 367 string types, or 625 tokens, fell into two broad categories of genuine spelling errors: standard errors, such as insertions, deletions, subtitutions and transpositions, which are the target of most spelling correction techniques; and special errors, such as run-on words and split words, which are problematic for most spelling correction techniques, and noise and backspace key problems, which may be specific to TDD equipment.
Breakdown of Special Spelling Errors Subcategory Count Percent Backspace 25 7% Noise 15 4% Run-ons 47 13% Splits 6 2%