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 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, "Is the internet killing language? LOL, no.," 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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“Shift key.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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