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

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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 As a result of moving the power button to the left a bit, the top row of function keys are all slightly smaller and more square-shaped than those on the XPS 13. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Dell Inspiron 13 7000 review: Premium and practical all in one," 6 July 2019 Laptop makers like Huawei have included dedicated function keys that provide shortcuts to their built-in utility software. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft floats the concept of a dedicated Office key in a closed survey," 19 June 2019

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circa 1964, in the meaning defined above

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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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