key·​stroke | \ ˈḵē-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


He deleted all of my work with a single keystroke.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Administrations change, budgets shift, and missions are killed off with spreadsheet keystrokes. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America Is About to Take Back Human Spaceflight, and It's a Lot More Than Just Flag-Waving," 4 Jan. 2019 Custom shortcut keys Shortcut Keys are quick commands executed by a combination of simultaneous keystrokes, such as Ctrl+B for Bold and Ctrl+I for Italic. Jd Sartain, PCWorld, "How to create and share custom Style Sheets in Word and PowerPoint," 8 Aug. 2018 Captured keystrokes and screenshots from the DCCC and DNC computers, including an employee viewing the DCCC’s banking information, were sent back to the Arizona server. Tami Abdollah, The Seattle Times, "Prosecutors: Russian hackers exploit US cyber vulnerability," 17 July 2018 The weather can't ruin your plans, and changing a setup is the work of a few keystrokes. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "This isn’t a game: We try out a professional driver-in-the-loop simulator," 9 Aug. 2018 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

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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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