shift key


Definition of shift key

: a key on a keyboard that when pressed enables an alternate set of characters to be produced by the other keys

Examples of shift key in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That keyboard has also been tweaked to have a longer right shift key and shorter directional keys; previous models had awkwardly stuck the up key between the shift and forward slash keys. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, 21 May 2020 Gretchen McCulloch Early on, when most people’s typing was happening on desktop or laptop computers, the easy way to type was to just ignore the shift key and put everything in lower case. Megan Mcdonough, Vox, 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of shift key

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shift key was in 1893

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English Language Learners Definition of shift key

: a key on a computer keyboard or a typewriter that you press to type capital letters


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