key in


[kee-bawrd, -bohrd]
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 object), verb (used 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.

1810–20; key1 + board

keyboarder, keyboardist, noun
rekeyboard, verb Unabridged
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keyboard (ˈkiːˌbɔːd)
1.  a.  a complete set of keys, usually hand-operated, as on a piano, organ, typewriter, or typesetting machine
 b.  (as modifier): a keyboard instrument
2.  (often plural) a musical instrument, esp an electronic one, played by means of a keyboard
3.  to set (a text, etc) in type, onto magnetic tape, or into some other medium, by using a keyboard machine

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

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Word Origin & History

1819, from key (1) in sense of "mechanism of a musical instrument" + board. Originally of pianos, organs, etc., extended to other machines 1846. The verb is first recorded 1961. Keypad is from 1975; keypunch is from 1933. Keystroke first attested c.1910.
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