caps lock


Definition of caps lock

: a function on a computer keyboard that mimics the effect of holding down a shift key Depending on the way the terminal or keyboard is designed, when caps lock is in effect the shift key may be ignored or it may cause a reverse shift: when the caps lock is in effect, the shift key puts letters back into lowercase.Infoworld

Examples of caps lock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The promo video that dropped a few days before the song’s release featured names like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Halsey in enormous, caps lock, pastel letters for crying out loud. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Billboard Staffers Discuss Lil Dicky's 'Earth' Top 20 Debut," 30 Apr. 2019 The caps lock key is half size, the arrow keys are surrounded by home and end keys, and worst of all, the delete key is found right next to the backspace key, with no space between them. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Acer Swift 7 review: thin at all costs," 2 Aug. 2019 During the Civil War era, one of the pistol’s flintlocks was switched out for a cap lock in an effort to modernize them. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Duels, Blood, And Politics: The Little-Known History of the Gun That Killed Alexander Hamilton," 6 June 2018 The Brazilian international's goal was so crucial in fact, that some Real Madrid fans went full cap locks on Twitter to celebrate., "'My Goodness': Twitter Reacts as Full Backs Grab the Headlines in Real Madrid's 1st Leg Win," 25 Apr. 2018 Many had an unhealthy attachment to the caps lock key. Noelle Hancock, Cosmopolitan, "I Wrote an Essay About Moving to an Island and Scooping Ice Cream. I Wasn't Prepared for the Response.," 25 Aug. 2016 The lockers, for example, look like a keyboard, complete with caps lock and F buttons. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Seven Must-See Museums in South Korea," 12 Jan. 2018 An outfit called VirZOOM—a caps lock-friendly portmanteau with origins that will become apparent shortly—manufactures a family of gadgets designed to integrate virtual reality gaming into one's use of an exercise bike. Jay Willis, GQ, "If You Don't Mind Looking Like a Dweeb, a VR Stationary Bike Might Make You Forget You're Exercising," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of caps lock

1984, in the meaning defined above

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“Caps lock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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