carriage return

carriage return (plural carriage returns)

  1. On a typewriter or computer printer, the action that returns it to the beginning of the line.
  2. (computing) The control character (0x0D in ASCII, abbreviated as CR) that originally signaled a device to perform a carriage return, but now merely indicates the end of a line of text.
    • 1998, Jeff Frentzen, ‎Henry Sobotka, ‎Dewayne McNair, JavaScript Annotated Archives (page 28)
      […] but it also reduces the likelihood of the "unterminated string literal" error message that can easily occur for seemingly trivial reasons when you're working with long strings — an accidental carriage return or a misnested quotation mark is all it takes.
  3. The key or lever that initiates the carriage return action (on a typewriter) or generates the carriage return character (on a computer)
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