- 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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- (tr, adverb) to enter (information or instructions) in a computer or other device by means of a keyboard or keypad
- 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 key in
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