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

Other Words from keyboard


keyboarder noun

Examples of keyboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To use your iPhone keyboard as a trackpad, press down and hold the spacebar. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 26 Apr. 2022 In October 2019, during anti-China protests in Hong Kong, Apple removed the flag of Taiwan, a country China does not recognize, from the emoji offered in its keyboard and banned the media outlet Quartz, which had covered the protests. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2022 On keyboards, for instance, Logitech began adding dials so that people could scroll through menus with their keyboard rather than with an inexact mouse. Alex Salkever, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2022 As Stephen plays his keyboard in his Avon home, Alice guides him. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Feb. 2022 Orange County Register columnist Mark Whicker, a friend, and one of America’s very, very finest sports columnists for decades, is putting his keyboard to rest. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2022 My personal gaming keyboard is a HyperX (even before HP bought the brand). Kevin Krewell, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 How to screenshot on Mac To get a full shot of your screen, hit Command-Shift-3 on your keyboard at the same time. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2022 Some even include a tier for your keyboard and have space for your mouse, coffee mug, etc. Olivia Lipski, Good Housekeeping, 20 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Understanding Online Job Applications Basic keyboarding skills required. Washington Post, 8 June 2015 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Keyboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for 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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