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

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 That level of logging is almost as creepy as a company monitoring all of my keystrokes. New York Times, "Google’s File on Me Was Huge. Here’s Why It Wasn’t as Creepy as My Facebook Data.," 16 May 2018 Some links also secretly download malware that can perform many functions, such as giving the thief control of the computer or tracking keystrokes to find other sensitive passwords or critical data. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "The fake tax forms thieves are using to trick us," 11 May 2018 It's got 104 key rollover and is capable of multiple simultaneous keystrokes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: Things Won't Break in a Pelican Case," 30 Apr. 2018 With some malware, even when a user is offline, keystrokes and other data can be stored locally then transmitted to the scammer once the computer is online again. Cathy Cunningham,, "Column: A pop-up tells you there's something wrong with your computer. How to tell if it's a scam," 12 Apr. 2018 Detectives wrote that the link actually caused a reader’s computer to download software, which surreptitiously records keystrokes and then sends them via email or other means to the hacker. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "Hackers tried to change grades at Virginia high school, police say," 4 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of keystroke

: the act of pushing down a key on a keyboard

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