function key

noun

Definition of function key

: any of a set of keys on a computer keyboard that have or can be programmed to have special functions

Examples of function key in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The keyboard also includes macro keys, user-programmable shortcuts, above the function keys. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Acer Predator Triton 900 review: weird flex," 12 July 2019 Users can raise and lower the volume using the function keys. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: Logitech Master Series offers high-tech update to classic combo," 19 Sep. 2019 Speaking of the keyboard, the $180 accessory has gotten a complete overhaul, bringing a trackpad, extra function keys, and a less-compact design. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung keeps the high-end Android tablet dream alive with the Galaxy Tab S6," 31 July 2019 But until now, the entry-level, 13-inch MBP retained physical function keys. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Apple's New MacBook Pro Goes All In on the Touch Bar," 9 July 2019 The company also quietly killed off the only MacBook Pro that didn’t feature the TouchBar, the small touchscreen that sits atop the keyboard and replaces a computer’s function keys. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Apple has killed off the original MacBook," 9 July 2019 Speaking of the keyboard, the $180 accessory has gotten a complete overhaul, bringing a trackpad, extra function keys, and a less-compact design. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung keeps the high-end Android tablet dream alive with the Galaxy Tab S6," 31 July 2019 The company also quietly killed off the only MacBook Pro that didn’t feature the TouchBar, the small touchscreen that sits atop the keyboard and replaces a computer’s function keys. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Apple has killed off the original MacBook," 9 July 2019 But until now, the entry-level, 13-inch MBP retained physical function keys. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Apple's New MacBook Pro Goes All In on the Touch Bar," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of function key

circa 1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Function key.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/function%20key. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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function key

noun

English Language Learners Definition of function key

: any one of a set of keys on a computer keyboard that have special uses

function key

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Kids Definition of function key

: any of a set of keys on a computer keyboard with special functions

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