key·​stroke | \ ˈkē-ˌstrōk How to pronounce keystroke (audio) \

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

Noun He deleted all of my work with a single keystroke.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ashley Honey spent his career surrounded by glowing computer screens, swinging hundreds of millions of euros or yen around the globe at a keystroke. Julia-ambra Verlaine, WSJ, "Trading Chicken Feet Is Going Digital," 8 Mar. 2021 With digital assistants, employees will reduce what took hours, weeks or months into seconds with a single keystroke or voice command. Mihir Shukla, Forbes, "Five Workplace Changes That Will Define The Next Decade," 24 Feb. 2021 Financial documents and accounts for banking, brokerages and cryptocurrency, frequent-flier and credit-card points, photos, blogs, social- media accounts, email, computer access – all of these are only a keystroke away. Dallas News, "Agents on the cloud: Digital assets lost without planning," 4 Oct. 2020 Most kids found it easily, but Kai — who didn’t yet know a keystroke shortcut — was left frantically scrolling his monitor. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "He’s 7 and blind. How will he learn remotely?," 28 Sep. 2020 The MX Keys can connect to multiple devices at once, and its design is crisp and modern, with a full key layout, and delightful keystroke weight—the backlight even adjusts automatically to lighting conditions, in order to save battery power. Popular Science, "Best computer keyboards for work or play," 24 June 2020 Some companies are monitoring keystrokes and tracking behaviour as people work remotely. Adam Grant, The Economist, "The world after covid-19 Adam Grant on how jobs, bosses and firms may improve after the crisis," 1 June 2020 What if each of those keystrokes could give you a gratifying clicking sensation? Popular Science, "Mechanical keyboards for gamers and writers," 5 Dec. 2019 Mechanical keyboards can give you faster, more accurate keystrokes, and make typing a more pleasurable experience with tactile feedback and sound—some can even recreate the feeling of a typewriter. Popular Science, "Mechanical keyboards for gamers and writers," 5 Dec. 2019

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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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15 Mar 2021

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“Keystroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of keystroke

: the act of pushing down a key on a keyboard

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