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keyboard

[kee-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈkiˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
noun
1.
the row or set of keys on a piano, organ, or the like.
2.
a set of keys usually arranged in tiers, for operating a typewriter, typesetting machine, computer terminal, or the like.
3.
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)
4.
Also, key, key in. Computers. to enter (information) into a computer by means of a keyboard.
5.
to set (text) in type, using a machine that is operated by a keyboard.
Origin of keyboard
1810-1820
1810-20; key1 + board
Related forms
keyboarder, keyboardist, noun
rekeyboard, verb
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  • She smiled again with understanding, and turned to the keyboard.

    The Air Trust George Allan England
  • Perhaps there would be no longer our pianoforte, our keyboard.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • I could lie in bed and by reaching out my hands touch the keyboard of the little rattletrap of an instrument.

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • But these, alas, never have been trained to command the keyboard.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • She drew back with a gesture of instinctive refusal as Jimmy poured the money upon the keyboard of the piano.

    The Blood Red Dawn Charles Caldwell Dobie
British Dictionary definitions for keyboard

keyboard

/ˈkiːˌbɔːd/
noun
1.
  1. a complete set of keys, usually hand-operated, as on a piano, organ, typewriter, or typesetting machine
  2. (as modifier): a keyboard instrument
2.
(often pl) a musical instrument, esp an electronic one, played by means of a keyboard
verb
3.
to set (a text, etc) in type, onto magnetic tape, or into some other medium, by using a keyboard machine
Derived Forms
keyboarder, noun
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Word Origin and History for keyboard
n.

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).

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keyboard in Technology
hardware
A hardware device consisting of a number of mechanical buttons (keys) which the user presses to input characters to a computer.
Keyboards were originally part of terminals which were separate peripheral devices that performed both input and output and communicated with the computer via a serial line. Today a keyboard is more likely to be connected more directly to the processor, allowing the processor to scan it and detect which key or keys are currently pressed. Pressing a key sends a low-level key code to the keyboard input driver routine which translates this to one or more characters or special actions.
Keyboards vary in the keys they have, most have keys to generate the ASCII character set as well as various function keys and special purpose keys, e.g. reset or volume control.
(2003-07-04)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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