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keyboard

[ kee-bawrd ]
/ ˈkiˌbɔrd /
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noun

the row or set of keys on a piano, organ, or the like: I was playing piano before my feet could reach the pedals or my fingers could cover a chord on the keyboard.
a set of keys, usually arranged in tiers, for operating a typewriter, computer, cash register, or the like, or a digital representation of the same on a touchscreen used to type on a device such as a smartphone or tablet: I spilled coffee on my keyboard, and now the return key sticks so my documents are full of extra line breaks.
any of various musical instruments played by means of a pianolike keyboard, as a piano, electric piano, or organ: You basically need four people to start a rock band—someone on lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, and keyboard.

verb (used with or without object)

Also key, key in . to enter (data) into a computer by means of a keyboard: If you can get changes keyboarded by Monday, we should still be able to make the project deadline.
to set (text) in type, using a machine that is operated by a keyboard.

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Origin of keyboard

First recorded in 1810–20; key1 + board

OTHER WORDS FROM keyboard

key·board·er, key·board·ist, nounre·key·board, verb
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British Dictionary definitions for keyboard

keyboard
/ (ˈkiːˌbɔːd) /

noun

  1. a complete set of keys, usually hand-operated, as on a piano, organ, typewriter, or typesetting machine
  2. (as modifier)a keyboard instrument
(often plural) a musical instrument, esp an electronic one, played by means of a keyboard

verb

to set (a text, etc) in type, onto magnetic tape, or into some other medium, by using a keyboard machine

Derived forms of keyboard

keyboarder, noun
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