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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.
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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.
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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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Combining pause with edits, Epting's (2004) taxonomy has these categories: a) question reviews (number of reviews and total review time); b) pause measures (pre-response time, post-response time, average pause length, total number of pauses and total number of non-stop pauses); c) pause associated edits (PAEs) (deletions, substitutions, insertions, backspace and total PAEs); d) edits without pause (EWPs) (deletions, substitutions, insertions, backspace and total PAEs); and e) total edit indices (total PAEs and EWPs, and keystroke/released characters).
* Hold down Ctrl while pushing Backspace and delete one word at a time instead of an agonizingly slow one letter at a time.
It's all the craze." "No, just a SEMICOLONoscopy--felt like INSERTion of several awls up my BACKSPACE!" "The whole shebang's not bad--they put you in an ALTered state--a drug pall haze, That DELetes procedure memory once and for all--no trace.
I'm really writing!" Of course, he then had to backspace to erase the characters he had just typed and then start again with the hunt and peck, one-finger method of typing.
If it doesn't, backspace inside the User Name field to erase what you typed and type it again.
The biggest economic blow came in the 1960s, with the arrival of container ships, which require deep drafts and fifty acres of backspace for the unloading of cargo, both of which Manhattan lacks.
I couldn't keep track of how often I pressed my backspace key or how often I deleted entire sentences and paragraphs because I knew whatever I wanted to say--it just had to be right.
However, in order to avoid any superfluous repetition, all new features on armoured vehicles are included in the supplement covering this subject and included in this issue, Since all rules have their exceptions, and in the context of the Fres requirement, word must be said about the presence of a Piranha III 8 x 8 topped with a RO Defence 120 mm Armoured Mortar System II (due to lack of backspace, it was impossible to photograph the vehicle).
I was amazed by how well he could carry on a conversation by typing away on his laptop--almost as fast as he could talk, stopping occasionally to backspace and correct a spelling or reconsider a word or phrase.
In a Timex-typewriter moment, the machine continued to perform, delighting its manufacturers, who promptly took out an ad: "Dempsey knocked out Firpo, but he could not knock out Corona!" No, time will not backspace typewriter buffs' affections.
Even the difference between "delete" and "backspace" is no longer a mystery to anyone.
"Enter," "done," and "backspace" performed the same functions as the corresponding buttons on the mouse pad.