a short oblique stroke (\), a backward slash, used in some computer operating systems to mark the division between a directory and a subdirectory or its folders, as in designating a path.
a slash which slopes to the left \
1982, new punctuation symbol introduced for computer purposes, from back (adj.) + slash (n.).
“\” ASCII code 92. Common names: escape (from C/Unix); reverse slash; slosh; backslant; backwhack. Rare: bash; ITU-T: reverse slant; reversed virgule; INTERCAL: backslat.
Backslash is used to separate components in MS-DOS pathnames, and to introduce special character sequence in C and Unix strings, e.g. “\n” for newline.
to relapse into bad habits, sinful behavior, or undesirable activities. an act or instance of backsliding: a backslide from his early training. Contemporary Examples But what about the formerly middle-class African Americans who find themselves on the backslide? How Much Does ‘Culture’ Matter for ‘Inner-City’ Poverty? Jamelle Bouie March 19, 2014 Historical Examples And I […]
- Back someone up
back someone up verb phrase To confirm what someone says; support what someone does: If you want to go in to complain, I’ll back you up (1860s+ British) To be someone’s substitute; be in reserve: We’ve got three other drivers to back him up (1950s+) To play behind a fielder to retrieve balls that might […]
to shift the carriage or typing element of a typewriter one space backward by depressing a special key. Computers. to move the cursor, printhead, etc., toward the beginning of the data. the space made by backspacing. Also called backspacer, backspace key. the labeled key on a typewriter or computer keyboard used for backspacing. verb to […]
reverse rotation of a ball causing it to bounce or roll backward or stop short. noun (sport) a backward spinning motion imparted to a ball to reduce its speed at impact, as by hitting it with a downward or undercutting motion Compare topspin