[kee-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈkiˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
the row or set of 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.
a person who plays a keyboard instrument, esp an electronic musical instrument
(often pl) 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
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).
- Keyboard plaque
jargon The disgusting buildup of dirt and crud found on computer keyboards. “Are there any other terminals I can use? This one has a bad case of keyboard plaque.” (1997-04-30)
- Keyboard video mouse
hardware (KVM) Used to describe a “KVM switch” that allows one keyboard, one video display and one mouse to be switched between two or more computers. (2007-03-22)
- Keyboard send receive
hardware (KSR) Part of a designation for a hard-copy terminal, manufactured by Teletype Corporation. The KSR range were lower cost versions of the ASR models. (1995-11-23)
noun See key card