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 There is also a full row of function keys that double as multimedia controls. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 That also means the XPS line will be without a row of traditional function keys. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 4 Jan. 2024 The new panic mode can be activated using the F12 button on a keyboard, so all you 60 percent keyboard lovers will need to bind the one function key nobody (apart from developers) uses right now. Tom Warren, The Verge, 14 Dec. 2023 Replacing the Touch Bar with regular function keys again! Victoria Song, The Verge, 30 Oct. 2023 There’s a full QWERTY layout as well a row of function keys across the top to adjust the volume, control media playback and more. Nick Guy,, 25 Sep. 2023 The media keys can also double up as regular function keys. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 7 May 2023 The only real drawback to the camera is the lack of a physical shutter, though there is a function key to turn it off. Michael J. Miller, PCMAG, 9 Jan. 2023 The keyboard is fully mapped for use with a Mac out of the box and pressing a second function key provides access to Function and Media keys. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 1 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of function key was circa 1964

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“Function key.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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