key·​board | \ ˈkē-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce keyboard (audio) \

Definition of keyboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a bank of keys on a musical instrument (such as a piano) that usually consists of seven white and five raised black keys to the octave
b : a musical instrument that is played by means of a keyboard
2 : a group of systematically arranged keys by which a machine or device is operated a computer keyboard
3 : a board on which keys for locks are hung


keyboarded; keyboarding; keyboards

Definition of keyboard (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to enter (data, text, etc.) by means of a keyboard keyboard a manuscript … he would like her to drop her copy off and have it keyboarded into the system by someone else.— Margaret Atwood

intransitive verb

: to operate a machine (as for typesetting) by means of a keyboard

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Other Words from keyboard


keyboarder noun

Examples of keyboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Though Intel’s display device was configured like a comic book, the device also allowed one of the screens to act as a soft keyboard. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft is reportedly prepping a dual-screen Surface tablet," 3 June 2019 When work hours are over, the raw wood desk can slide open to reveal a keyboard—and voilà, the workspace is a leisure one. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This 300-Square-Foot Apartment Makes Ingenious Use of Every Centimeter of Space," 30 Apr. 2019 What is shocking is what people are comfortable saying behind a keyboard. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Lili Reinhart Returns to Twitter With A Message For Social Media Trolls," 4 Jan. 2019 Dell now sells a two-in-one model, too, though that comes with Intel and AMD’s Kaby Lake-G chips, non-upgradeable RAM, and a thinner, clickier keyboard. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018 At a recent Cleveland Monsters game, LaClair keeps one eye on the game, his left hand on a computer keyboard and his right hand hovering over the home-goal-horn button. Marc Bona,, "View from the penthouse at Quicken Loans Arena," 14 Mar. 2018 In the first video, North is seen in a cute orange sweatsuit singing with her very own mic right next to Kanye, who’s on the keyboard. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "North West Grabbed a Mic and Performed at Kanye West's Sunday Service," 8 Apr. 2019 Below the keyboard, her towering gold stilettos manipulated the pedals judiciously. Zoë Madonna,, "Yuja Wang sparkles at Jordan Hall," 14 May 2018 Lisiecki’s sound was delightfully spontaneous and unbounded, marked with round accents and impetuous flourishes that bubbled up from the keyboard. Zoë Madonna,, "Pianist Jan Lisiecki leads a youth movement at Symphony Hall," 20 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The music series starts Sunday and runs through Oct. 14, featuring artists that range from trumpeter Bo Berry to keyboard player Gail Jhonson. Mary Colurso,, "Jazz in the Park 2018: Alabama concert series returns with 26 free shows," 7 Apr. 2018 Students need to learn printing, cursive and keyboarding to have all the tools for communication success. Erin Dolin, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Handwriting isn’t a useless drill, it’s an educational tool and a skill for life," 7 Mar. 2017 Understanding Online Job Applications Basic keyboarding skills required. Washington Post, "Montgomery County community calendar June 8-15, 2017," 8 June 2015

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First Known Use of keyboard


1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1906, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of keyboard was in 1776

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English Language Learners Definition of keyboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a row or set of keys that are pushed to play a musical instrument (such as a piano)
: a musical instrument that is played by means of a keyboard like that of a piano and that produces sounds electronically
: the set of keys that are used for a computer or typewriter



English Language Learners Definition of keyboard (Entry 2 of 2)

: to enter (information) into a computer by using a keyboard


key·​board | \ ˈkē-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce keyboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of keyboard

1 : a row of keys by which a musical instrument (as a piano) is played
2 : a portable electronic musical instrument with a row of keys like that of a piano
3 : the whole arrangement of keys (as on a computer or typewriter)

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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