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key·​board ˈkē-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce keyboard (audio)
: 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
: a musical instrument that is played by means of a keyboard
: a group of systematically arranged keys by which a machine or device is operated
a computer keyboard
: a board on which keys for locks are hung


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keyboarded; keyboarding; keyboards

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
keyboarder noun

Examples of keyboard in a Sentence

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The keyboard is built around a gasket-mount which is an increasingly popular design for many mechanical keyboards because of the bouncy feel the gasket provides when typing. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Clicks is an iPhone case that doubles as a keyboard. Louryn Strampe, WIRED, 18 Feb. 2024 Other highlights are painstakingly intricate drawings and prints by Linn Meyers (abstract) and Ben Tolman (surrealistic), and Frank Stewart’s photo of jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal with an intent expression and his keyboard reflected in his glasses. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Further Reading Microsoft is adding a new key to PC keyboards for the first time since 1994 Right now, even if your PC has an NPU in it, Windows can't use it for much, aside from webcam background blurring and a handful of other video effects. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2024 Users can sync up their Mac computer to turn the screen into an enormous display and connect a physical keyboard. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 2 Feb. 2024 Anyone who wants to get real work done on the Vision Pro will likely need to connect a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, which kind of defeats the portability part of the pitch. Kevin Roose, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2024 Overcoming fears of gathering IRL Last week's rally provided early evidence that efforts to try and discourage anti-government activists from leaving their computer keyboards and rallying in person may have fallen short. Madeleine May, CBS News, 9 Feb. 2024 The least joyful part of the Vision Pro is typing with its floating keyboard, which requires poking one key at a time. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024
The aftermath of the shooting was disappointing but not surprising; though Megan was the victim, not the perpetrator of the violence, she was harassed and slandered by everyone from her peers in the industry to keyboard warriors on social media. Ineye Komonibo,, 7 Nov. 2023 Needless to say, this analogy was such a howler that many, many people besides just me took fingers to keyboard to lambaste Robert Bryce, the author of that OpEd. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 7 Oct. 2011 While this is very expensive for an entry-level tablet, a report suggests that Apple had considered launching a plastic iPad and keyboard for under $500. José Adorno, BGR, 1 Nov. 2022 There’s a quiet catharsis in putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and creating a poem, short story or other literary thingy. Matt Wake |, al, 19 Nov. 2021 Students need practice putting pencil to paper and not just fingers to keyboard. Brian Platzer, The Atlantic, 12 Aug. 2020 Summer learning in District 181 focused on core classes, including 14 math, 12 language arts, nine art and one foreign language, keyboarding, creative writing, along with a writing camp. Chuck Fieldman,, 26 June 2019 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,, 7 Apr. 2018 Students need to learn printing, cursive and keyboarding to have all the tools for communication success. Erin Dolin, The Mercury News, 7 Mar. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1906, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of keyboard was in 1776

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“Keyboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a row or set of keys by which a musical instrument (as a piano) is played
: the whole arrangement of keys by which a machine (as a typewriter or computer) is operated

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