1The action of advancing paper in a printing machine by the space of one line.
- ‘Preview pane strips out all the carriage returns and line feeds, so everything becomes one huge paragraph.’
The analogous movement of text on a computer screen.
- ‘When Hewlett-Packard printers are not sent data in their native print language (such as PCL, HPGL or Postscript), they expect MS-DOS line endings consisting of an ASCII carriage return and line feed (newline).’
- ‘This commonly happens when the tty layer wants to convert a newline character to a linefeed plus a newline character.’