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 With each keystroke, a small brass mold for a single character—a capital B, for instance—releases from an overhead magazine, slides down a chute, and goes clinking into place like a quarter in a coin sorter. Nick Yetto, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Mar. 2022 Autodesk recently debuted a machine-learning feature in its core AutoCAD software that recommends certain keystroke shortcuts or related techniques to help customers use the program more efficiently based on their past behavior. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 26 Oct. 2021 Vissles says the key switches have a 60 million-keystroke lifespan. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, 12 Aug. 2021 Some are waiting for an errant keystroke so your money can be intercepted, never to be returned. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2021 Thanks to invasive software, companies can track your every click, keystroke and movement – even outside of work hours. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2021 Every keystroke may be ingested by artificial-intelligence algorithms sensitive to traces of grifting, graft, or goofing off. Robert Zafft, Forbes, 20 June 2021 Commelin entered the final keystroke at 1:10 a.m. on May 29. Quanta Magazine, 19 May 2015 Another major keystroke saver was predictive search. Roger Dooley, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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First Known Use of keystroke


1867, in the meaning defined above


1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Keystroke.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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