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 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 The fact that a single keystroke had short-circuited his registration filled Cable with a sense of dread. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The 2016 Election Was Just a Dry Run," 11 May 2020 The notion of an off-field push for the Heisman dates to a more sober-minded era of college football, before the glut of television coverage that lets anyone find highlight after highlight with a few keystrokes or swipes. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "It’s Campaign Season in Football, With the Heisman Trophy on the Line," 24 Oct. 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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16 Oct 2020

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“Keystroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of keystroke

: the act of pushing down a key on a keyboard

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