keystroke

noun
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

keystroke

verb
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

Because of this, every keystroke is potentially unique. Jordan Wilkerson, Dallas News, "SMU researchers find a new way to snoop with smartphones. But should you be worried?," 12 Aug. 2019 The researchers designed a machine-learning algorithm that could decode vibrations for specific keystrokes. Hamza Shaban, The Denver Post, "Hackers may glean your password by listening to how you type on your phone," 7 July 2019 The keys traveled less than traditional keyboards, so typers weren't confident the computer registered each keystroke. David Goldman, CNN, "Apple may have found a fix for the MacBook keyboards everyone hates," 5 July 2019 The computer could be turned off so that the screen was blank, but could be powered back up with just a couple keystrokes. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "100-degree days and empty but idling SJPD police cars: Roadshow," 18 June 2019 This time, in addition to accusing the students, the experimenter said that all the keystrokes had been recorded on the server and would soon be examined. Douglas Starr, Science | AAAS, "This psychologist explains why people confess to crimes they didn’t commit," 13 June 2019 The researchers designed a machine-learning algorithm that could decode vibrations for specific keystrokes. Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, "Listen for the log-in: Hackers may glean your password by listening to how you type on your phone," 6 June 2019 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 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

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First Known Use of keystroke

Noun

1867, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of keystroke was in 1867

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keystroke

noun

English Language Learners Definition of keystroke

: the act of pushing down a key on a keyboard

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