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.
verb (used with or without object)
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.
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Origin of keyboard
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- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1819, from key (n.1) in sense of "mechanism of a musical instrument" + board (n.1). Originally of pianos, organs, etc., extended to other machines 1846. The verb is first recorded 1926 (implied in keyboarding).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper