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[kee-strohk] /ˈkiˌstroʊk/
one stroke of any key on a machine operated by a keyboard, as a typewriter, computer terminal, or Linotype:
I can do 3000 keystrokes an hour.
Origin of keystroke
1905-10; key1 + stroke1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for keystroke
  • With a keystroke, he can inflict all sorts of complications, overriding any preprogrammed instructions.
  • Financial markets are said to be more volatile as money moves across borders with a mere computer keystroke.
  • Software that recognises facial features and keystroke rhythms stops candidates being impersonated by professional exam sitters.
  • Using this information, they were able to figure out a list of potential keystroke pairs.
  • What was once considered intimate is now shared among millions with a keystroke.
  • Once you are ready to begin the course, there are keystroke combinations available for navigating the course.
  • All attempts to access and use this system and/or its resources are subject to keystroke monitoring and recording.
  • The attacker typically obtains the valid credentials by keystroke logging a previously compromised computer.
  • Hypertext links make it easy to move from relevant sections of one publication to another with a single keystroke.
  • No affirming keystroke is required for that message.
British Dictionary definitions for keystroke


a single operation of the mechanism of a typewriter or keyboard-operated typesetting machine by the action of a key
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for keystroke

1902, from key (n.1) + stroke (n.). Not in common use until the rise of computers. As a verb, by 1966 (implied in keystroking).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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