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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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For fast and easy backspacing and deleting, an ergonomic Erase-Eaze backspace key is located on the left side of a split spacebar.
The IBM 5219 emulation feature includes support for IBM DisplayWrite 36 and Office/400, including multi-column justification, GFIDs with multiple fonts per page, superscripting, subscripting, bolding, overstriking, backspacing, underlining, pitch control, sheetfeeder control, page orientation and page format.
An ergonomic Erase-Eaze backspace key, located on the left side of a split spacebar, makes corrections and backspacing faster and easier.