keyboard

noun
key·​board | \ ˈkē-ˌbȯrd \

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

keyboard

verb
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

Verb

keyboarder noun

Examples of keyboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The New York Times described the invention in its obituary for Berezin this way: Its keyboard and printer was an I.B.M. Selectric Typewriter with a rattling print head the size of a golf ball. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Computing pioneer Evelyn Berezin died this week—she should be remembered," 15 Dec. 2018 Apps are bigger, type is bigger, and the on-screen keyboard is bigger, making for fewer embarrassing auto-correct moments. Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Seattle Times, "IPhone XR: The best $250 you ever saved on a new phone," 23 Oct. 2018 The Pixel Slate starts at $600 with an extra $200(!) for the keyboard and will be available later this year on Google's store. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Renewable Energy Will Grow Massively Across The Globe by 2023, Says IEA Report," 9 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, the ThinkPad keyboard is one of the trademark strengths of the product line. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Why did Lenovo stretch the ThinkPad X1 Extreme to 15 inches? To kill the MacBook Pro," 30 Aug. 2018 According to Apple, the new keyboard will be quieter. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Boosts the MacBook Pro with Improved Performance," 12 July 2018 Whoever is behind the dispute could easily be whipping up local political drama from a keyboard in China, Russia or anywhere else. Evan Sernoffsky, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Cybersquatter’ beats Breed to obvious name for her campaign website," 15 Feb. 2018 An electric guitar wails, and a keyboard chimes right in. Kristina Stewart Ward, ELLE Decor, "Gilles Mendel's Fashion-Forward Home," 5 Jan. 2010 In a 2018 study published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, researchers took samples from 25 different keyboards, around 96 percent of which were contaminated with pathogens like E. coli and Staphylococcus. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "These Are the Dirtiest Things in Your Home (Which You Should Clean Immediately)," 21 Dec. 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, AL.com, "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

Noun

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

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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keyboard

noun

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

keyboard

verb

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

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

keyboard

noun
key·​board | \ ˈkē-ˌbȯrd \

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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