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key·​stroke ˈkē-ˌstrōk How to pronounce keystroke (audio)
: the act or an instance of depressing a key on a keyboard


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keystroked; keystroking; keystrokes

Examples of keystroke in a Sentence

Noun He deleted all of my work with a single keystroke.
Recent Examples on the Web
In the aftermath of the Mission scandal, LAPD leaders have been eyeing a potential solution: artificial intelligence, which can analyze vast troves of body camera footage with a few keystrokes. Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 With every other music media outlet perpetually acquiescing to the whims of the algorithm, Bandcamp has never had to waste a keystroke on Taylor Swift or Drake. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2023 In this study, experimenters correctly identified keystrokes on a MacBook Pro through a nearby phone recording 95% of the time, and through a recorded Zoom call at a 93% rate. Paige Hagy, Fortune, 8 Aug. 2023 This popular sneaky technique is used by cybercriminals to secretly record the keystrokes of the target and capture login credentials, messages and emails. Kurt Knutsson, Fox News, 4 Sep. 2023 So the fact that the hackers chose just 100 or so machines on which to install their malware—capable of everything from running commands to recording keystrokes—suggests that CarderBee may have combed thousands of potential victims to specifically target those users, O’Brien argues. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 22 Aug. 2023 The tests began with researchers first recording the keystrokes and using the sounds to train an algorithm to recognize and connect specific sounds to specific keystrokes. Christopher Hutton, Washington Examiner, 7 Aug. 2023 Today, arranging words into shapes is a matter of spacing and indenting text in a digital file with a keystroke or the click of a mouse. V.m. Braganza, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Aug. 2023 Finding clothes made to your exact specifications, or designing your own, could soon be accomplished in a few keystrokes. The Editors, ELLE, 24 July 2023
Bernhardt’s report points to keystroke logging technology and webcams that can tell when a person goes off task as examples of tech that can keep track of people even when working from home. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1867, in the meaning defined above


1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of keystroke was in 1867

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“Keystroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the act or an instance of pushing down a key on a keyboard

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