Definition of keyboard in English:



  • 1A panel of keys that operate a computer or typewriter.

    • ‘Writing with the use of a computer, keyboard and software has transformed the process of writing.’
    • ‘Almost every game playable on a personal computer allows for keyboard control.’
    • ‘While it is clear that the computer keyboard will not be going away, equally, other input mechanisms remain largely unexploited.’
    • ‘Elements of the user interface include keyboard, mouse and joystick control as well as menus and score panels.’
    • ‘Input devices may consist of computer mice, keyboards, pixels of one or more video cameras, wearable computer devices, or other sensors with which users can interact.’
    • ‘Everyone who has a computer has a keyboard, but not everyone has a joystick or gamepad.’
    • ‘It's a notebook computer with a detachable keyboard and voice and pen input.’
    • ‘People with palmar hyperhidrosis may have difficulty holding onto objects or tools or may have difficulty using computer keyboards, typewriters, or pens.’
    • ‘Maybe the next generation of computer keyboards will even come without a Delete Key.’
    • ‘Typewriting institutes are becoming an oddity, as manual typewriters are swept away by word processing software and computer keyboards.’
    • ‘This phenomenon is also often seen on heavily-used telephone keypads and computer keyboards.’
    • ‘Later that night, Anna sat hunched over her laptop computer keyboard.’
    • ‘A desktop PC is only usable if the CPU, the keyboard and the monitor are all working.’
    • ‘Control is via the keyboard or gamepad and works well for the most part.’
    • ‘An interface switching device is connected to a keyboard unit and a computer.’
    • ‘The computers, monitors, keyboards, and other materials were placed on tables, each with a chair.’
    • ‘The muckiest spots were shown to be the telephone and desktop, followed by the keyboard and computer mouse.’
    • ‘A mouse and a computer keyboard are fine for word processing but not for recording and mixing.’
    • ‘He tapped a command onto the keyboard and the computer monitor changed from a radar screen to a diagnostic of the ship.’
    • ‘In recent years, the company has managed to consistently turn out the most attractive computers, monitors, keyboards, and accessories on the market.’
    workstation, vdu, visual display unit, pc, input device, output device
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  • 2A set of keys on a piano or similar musical instrument.

    • ‘With the invention of the transportable keyboard, pianists may own their keyboards, which can be installed in any piano of a given make and model.’
    • ‘Schiff is a thoughtful pianist who doesn't put his fingers down on the keyboard until he knows exactly what he wants to say and how to say it.’
    • ‘These also can be controlled by foot pedals, when both hands are needed on the keyboard or ribbon.’
    • ‘With Itin's light touch the third movement Allegro seemed to dance off the keyboard.’
    • ‘We're really talking about music education at the keyboard, not just molding young artists.’
    • ‘All are engagingly written for piano duet, tastefully utilizing nearly the entire range of the keyboard.’
    • ‘Jimmy really loved it, and we had the added bonus of an almost bird's eye view of the piano keyboard.’
    • ‘A great idea, but I'm not sure how helpful this would be for the person who knows nothing of the piano keyboard.’
    • ‘She's a brilliant English horn and oboe player, and she can also handle the piano keyboard.’
    • ‘From a distance, the inward-turning panels resemble depressed keys on a piano keyboard.’
    • ‘Do you use such props as audio or video recorders, or a piano keyboard?’
    • ‘The last movement is a brilliant virtuoso movement that uses the whole range of the keyboard.’
    • ‘What these duets lack is the opportunity for beginning students to experience playing duets on the low end of the keyboard.’
    • ‘When a note is played out of sequence or the keyboard is out of tune, the performance falls apart.’
    • ‘The hands of the pianist fly over the keyboard in mastery; the audience in the concert hail applauds.’
    • ‘Robert, her youngest son, is hunched over the keyboard of the grand piano completely absorbed in the passion of the moment.’
    • ‘Any instrument using an array of switches to generate sound will inevitably invite comparisons with the piano and its keyboard.’
    • ‘For example, the conventional Western musical keyboard used on pianos and organs has always had its problems.’
    • ‘One of these visitors was Johann Hummel, well known in his day as a formidable pianist outdone on the keyboard only by Beethoven himself.’
    • ‘Nothing on the original piano is altered, and the piano thus has two keyboards that can be easily interchanged in a couple minutes.’
    1. 2.1 An electronic musical instrument with keys arranged as on a piano.
      ‘she plays keyboards and guitar’
      • ‘Instrumentally, it's a cacophonous blend of drums, percussion, bass, keyboards and electronics.’
      • ‘I use other instruments, including the keyboard and bass guitar, to take my music to a crescendo.’
      • ‘The saxophone also captures a great pitch and tempo that blends well with the slightly electronic sounding keyboards.’
      • ‘The ballet is set to Bach organ music, played on electronic keyboards geared to duplicate the sound of a traditional pipe organ.’
      • ‘There's a bank of six keyboards along with electronic drum kits, as well as guitars and amps and all the usual stuff.’
      • ‘Now, they may play modern musical instruments such as drums and keyboards in the gamelan orchestra.’
      • ‘A multi-instrumentalist in high school, he played bass, guitar, keyboards, wind instruments, you name it.’
      • ‘Thirty seconds later and the noise is obliterated by keyboards and electronic drums.’
      • ‘His beginners, however, do not start on the piano or organ but the electronic keyboard.’
      • ‘Her instruments include piano, electronic keyboard, and a digital drum machine.’
      • ‘The experimental sounds of keyboards and electric guitars add a contemporary influence.’
      • ‘He used electronic keyboards very early on - one of the first people in jazz to do so.’
      • ‘To replace the fine organ with an electronic keyboard is bad enough, but to move the altar and remove the pews is quite unthinkable.’
      • ‘My main instrument is the guitar, although I also use keyboards, synthesisers, and sequencers in my musical meanderings.’
      • ‘You can never expect a piano tuner to be entirely happy working with an electronic keyboard, but rarely have I felt so frustrated.’
      • ‘The school teaches children various instruments from piano to electronic keyboard.’
      • ‘By the late 1990s, electric guitars, keyboards, and snare drums were common in urban areas.’
      • ‘Yet, worship leaders, armed with electronic keyboards and bass guitars, may not be theologically, let alone liturgically trained.’
      • ‘Piano was his principal instrument but he graduated to electronic keyboards and organ as fashions dictated.’
      • ‘The first day of camp, girls choose instruments - guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, vocals or electronica - and form their bands.’
      control panel, instrument panel, dashboard, keypad
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  • Enter (data) by means of a keyboard.

    ‘entries would be keyboarded’
    ‘keyboarding is an important job skill’
    • ‘As I pointed out above, keyboarding itself lacks the expressiveness and variability of handwriting.’
    • ‘It's so much easier to get to a mouse than pick up a pen when keyboarding.’
    • ‘So keyboarding it was and his music became more than just a pastime.’
    • ‘These multinationals entrust the locals now with more than keyboarding and responding to customer queries using fake names.’
    • ‘By automating frequently used procedures, a macro program can save on both mousing and keyboarding.’
    • ‘After two months of training, Smyth was keyboarding at 14 words a minute and beginning to write her life's story.’
    • ‘Some people might think that carpal tunnel syndrome is a new condition of the information technology age, born from long hours of computer keyboarding.’
    • ‘This adds a new excitement to keyboarding and also creates a teamwork atmosphere.’
    • ‘If an ellipsis is used between sentences, four periods are keyboarded, with no space before the first period.’
    • ‘To get a true look at your portfolio, you're left with laborious pencilwork or keyboarding to merge these data with other holdings.’
    • ‘We did not have or keyboarding or anything of the like at the time.’
    • ‘This is especially important if someone else has keyboarded the final copy of your review.’
    • ‘One or two emails and I'm done keyboarding for at least 9 hours.’
    • ‘My wrists used to ache so much from mousing / keyboarding, but they've been fine since I've had the rests’
    • ‘They were allowed to do other homework, practice more keyboarding or surf the net.’
    • ‘You don't want your people keyboarding when they've got more important work to do.’
    • ‘Now I'm no Luddite, but the scene did unnerve me somewhat as I wondered if people were doing speakers justice by rapidly keyboarding what they were saying and then zapping it out to the blogosphere.’
    • ‘Danny tried to stay on task, for he was already behind in keyboarding, but something kept distracting him.’
    • ‘Typing or keyboarding is a necessary skill for anyone using computers.’
    • ‘The researchers recorded the amount of time that employees keyboarded and the amount of time they spent making error corrections.’
    office, desk, back-room
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