key·​stroke | \ˈḵē-ˌstrōk \

Definition of keystroke 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or an instance of depressing a key on a keyboard


keystroked; keystroking; keystrokes

Definition of keystroke (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of keystroke in a Sentence


He deleted all of my work with a single keystroke.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Compared to Apple's pre-2015 laptops, the new keys travel a very shallow distance, which requires you to adjust to a gentler keystroke to save your fingertips from stabbing into the plastic as the keys rapidly bottom out. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "So, About That Retina Macbook Air Keyboard," 30 Oct. 2018 YouTube has an army of natural hair influencers whose hair-care tips and styling tutorials are accessible with just a few clicks and keystrokes. Noel Cymone Walker, Allure, "Is It Time to Reclaim the Word "Nappy"?," 25 Sep. 2018 He was suspected of installing keystroke logging devices on the Urbana school's computers. Michael Kunzelman, Fox News, "Deadly fire exposes wealthy man's secret underground tunnels," 9 Sep. 2018 Just enter the combination keystroke in the Press New Shortcut Key field, then click Assign. Jd Sartain, PCWorld, "How to create and share custom Style Sheets in Word and PowerPoint," 8 Aug. 2018 Second, the defendants hacked into computer networks and installed malicious software that allowed them to spy on users and capture keystrokes, take screenshots, and exfiltrate or remove data from those computers. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Rod Rosenstein announces Russian indictments: “Blame for election interference belongs to the criminals”," 13 July 2018 The Russians could follow the keystrokes and see the screens of the employees' computers. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Arizona servers used by Russian hackers to monitor Democrats, feds say," 13 July 2018 If found, the removal of the tracking program is generally all that’s needed to ensure that no keystrokes will be recorded from then on. Ken Colburn, azcentral, "How to detect keyloggers on your computer or smartphone," 7 June 2018 The gunshots echoed in quick succession, rapid and metallic, like two keystrokes of a giant typewriter. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The geopolitics of the afterlife get messy in the new sci-fi spy novel Summerland," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of keystroke


1867, in the meaning defined above


1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of keystroke was in 1867

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English Language Learners Definition of keystroke

: the act of pushing down a key on a keyboard

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