- the row or set of keys on a piano, organ, or the like.
- a set of keys usually arranged in tiers, for operating a typewriter, typesetting machine, computer terminal, or the like.
- any of various musical instruments played by means of a pianolike keyboard, as a piano, electric piano, or organ.
- Also key, key in. Computers. to enter (information) into a computer by means of a keyboard.
- to set (text) in type, using a machine that is operated by a keyboard.
Origin of keyboard
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Examples from the Web for keyboardist
Kelcey Ayer—singer, guitarist, and keyboardist—totally just forgot the words.Local Natives’ New Album ‘Hummingbird’ Reveals Darker Tone Born of Tragedy
January 28, 2013
Still, his co-writer, David Bryan (keyboardist of Bon Jovi), had some ideas for why the musical had connected with voters.The Tonys Bring Out the Stars
June 14, 2010
- a person who plays a keyboard instrument, esp an electronic musical instrument
- a complete set of keys, usually hand-operated, as on a piano, organ, typewriter, or typesetting machine
- (as modifier)a keyboard instrument
- (often plural) a musical instrument, esp an electronic one, played by means of a keyboard
- to set (a text, etc) in type, onto magnetic tape, or into some other medium, by using a keyboard machine
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Word Origin and History for keyboardist
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