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  • n. Plural form of backspace.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of backspace.


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  • All of the "backspaces" were necessary because the program automatically inserts spaces after words and punctuation, which is nice when you're typing in plain English and not at all helpful when you're trying to code.

    Voice Recognition Software

  • We filled up our houses, which drove our modernized economy; we emptied our frontal spaces and forgot all about our porches; and re-imagined our 'backspaces' as places sealed off for private recreation, leisure, radios and lawn chemicals.

    The News Tribune Blogs

  • April 15th, 2009 at 10: 18 am auto ins policy on internet quote says: auto ins policy on internet quote … bawling backspaces wring ringside: Abbott addressed …

    Think Progress » Iraqi Leaders Call On U.S. To Set Timetable

  • Now it's quicker for me to type out the whole line, including the inevitable backspaces and corrections, than the wait the 2, 3, sometimes 5 or more seconds for the autocomplete menu to appear.

    phluid61 Diary Entry

  • The 15-minute "The Fire and the Rose" closes out the entire disc, trad folk stretched out to Homeric lengths, dropping the fire and thunder that often accompany such opuses, organ propping up the backspaces of a small novel.

    JP Jones, Folk Rock, and *Magical Thinking*

  • Even now, every now and again, I'll do a quick series of backspaces to delete a half thought word that I've decided won't do.


  • "It backspaces just a few seconds until the subject is alive again."

    Mudd in Your Eye

  • One person took MBS, and ioctl, and mended them together to make a program that sets everyone's baud rate to zero instead of sending 3 backspaces.

    Phrack Issue #32 (Crimson Death Returns)

  • They just put in the above lines of code into the place where they sent the backspaces, and used open instead of stream open (fopen).

    Phrack Issue #32 (Crimson Death Returns)

  • What's New in This Release: [read full changelog] · Commands that emit "status lines" using backspaces and carriage returns could confuse rlwrap.

    Softpedia - Windows - All


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