Meaning of KEYBOARD in English

I. ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: key (I) + board


a. : a bank of keys on which the performer on a musical instrument (as a piano) plays and which consists of a double row of seven white and five raised black keys to the octave

b. : one of several such banks constituting a set : manual

c. : a set of manuals

2. : an assemblage of systematically arranged keys by which a machine (as a typewriter) is operated

3. : a board on which keys for locks (as of hotel rooms) are hung

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

intransitive verb

: to operate a machine (as for typesetting) by means of a keyboard

transitive verb

: to capture, set, or input (as data or text) by means of a keyboard

the computer is instructed … by keyboarding the directions into its terminal — Tech. News Bulletin

• keyboarder noun

III. noun

( -s )

: a small usually portable musical instrument that is played by means of a keyboard like that of a piano and that produces a variety of sounds electronically — often used in plural

• key·board·ist ˈkēˌbȯrdə̇st noun

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