Definition of keyboard in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A desktop PC is only usable if the CPU, the keyboard and the monitor are all working.’
    • ‘The muckiest spots were shown to be the telephone and desktop, followed by the keyboard and computer mouse.’
    • ‘In recent years, the company has managed to consistently turn out the most attractive computers, monitors, keyboards, and accessories on the market.’
    • ‘It's a notebook computer with a detachable keyboard and voice and pen input.’
    • ‘This phenomenon is also often seen on heavily-used telephone keypads and computer keyboards.’
    • ‘Control is via the keyboard or gamepad and works well for the most part.’
    • ‘Everyone who has a computer has a keyboard, but not everyone has a joystick or gamepad.’
    • ‘A mouse and a computer keyboard are fine for word processing but not for recording and mixing.’
    • ‘Later that night, Anna sat hunched over her laptop computer keyboard.’
    • ‘Typewriting institutes are becoming an oddity, as manual typewriters are swept away by word processing software and computer keyboards.’
    • ‘People with palmar hyperhidrosis may have difficulty holding onto objects or tools or may have difficulty using computer keyboards, typewriters, or pens.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The computers, monitors, keyboards, and other materials were placed on tables, each with a chair.’
    • ‘Maybe the next generation of computer keyboards will even come without a Delete Key.’
    • ‘An interface switching device is connected to a keyboard unit and a computer.’
    • ‘Writing with the use of a computer, keyboard and software has transformed the process of writing.’
    • ‘He tapped a command onto the keyboard and the computer monitor changed from a radar screen to a diagnostic of the ship.’
    • ‘Almost every game playable on a personal computer allows for keyboard control.’
    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.

    • ‘One of these visitors was Johann Hummel, well known in his day as a formidable pianist outdone on the keyboard only by Beethoven himself.’
    • ‘Any instrument using an array of switches to generate sound will inevitably invite comparisons with the piano and its keyboard.’
    • ‘We're really talking about music education at the keyboard, not just molding young artists.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘With Itin's light touch the third movement Allegro seemed to dance off the keyboard.’
    • ‘What these duets lack is the opportunity for beginning students to experience playing duets on the low end of the keyboard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jimmy really loved it, and we had the added bonus of an almost bird's eye view of the piano keyboard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nothing on the original piano is altered, and the piano thus has two keyboards that can be easily interchanged in a couple minutes.’
    • ‘Robert, her youngest son, is hunched over the keyboard of the grand piano completely absorbed in the passion of the moment.’
    • ‘These also can be controlled by foot pedals, when both hands are needed on the keyboard or ribbon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For example, the conventional Western musical keyboard used on pianos and organs has always had its problems.’
    • ‘All are engagingly written for piano duet, tastefully utilizing nearly the entire range of the keyboard.’
    • ‘The last movement is a brilliant virtuoso movement that uses the whole range of the keyboard.’
    1. 2.1 An electronic musical instrument with keys arranged as on a piano.
      ‘she plays keyboard and guitar’
      • ‘The ballet is set to Bach organ music, played on electronic keyboards geared to duplicate the sound of a traditional pipe organ.’
      • ‘Now, they may play modern musical instruments such as drums and keyboards in the gamelan orchestra.’
      • ‘The experimental sounds of keyboards and electric guitars add a contemporary influence.’
      • ‘Instrumentally, it's a cacophonous blend of drums, percussion, bass, keyboards and electronics.’
      • ‘The first day of camp, girls choose instruments - guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, vocals or electronica - and form their bands.’
      • ‘There's a bank of six keyboards along with electronic drum kits, as well as guitars and amps and all the usual stuff.’
      • ‘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 school teaches children various instruments from piano to electronic keyboard.’
      • ‘You can never expect a piano tuner to be entirely happy working with an electronic keyboard, but rarely have I felt so frustrated.’
      • ‘Piano was his principal instrument but he graduated to electronic keyboards and organ as fashions dictated.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I use other instruments, including the keyboard and bass guitar, to take my music to a crescendo.’
      • ‘My main instrument is the guitar, although I also use keyboards, synthesisers, and sequencers in my musical meanderings.’
      • ‘He used electronic keyboards very early on - one of the first people in jazz to do so.’
      • ‘The saxophone also captures a great pitch and tempo that blends well with the slightly electronic sounding keyboards.’
      • ‘Thirty seconds later and the noise is obliterated by keyboards and electronic drums.’
      • ‘A multi-instrumentalist in high school, he played bass, guitar, keyboards, wind instruments, you name it.’
      • ‘To replace the fine organ with an electronic keyboard is bad enough, but to move the altar and remove the pews is quite unthinkable.’
      control panel, instrument panel, dashboard, keypad
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[with object]
  • Enter (data) by means of a keyboard.

    • ‘It's so much easier to get to a mouse than pick up a pen when keyboarding.’
    • ‘This adds a new excitement to keyboarding and also creates a teamwork atmosphere.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These multinationals entrust the locals now with more than keyboarding and responding to customer queries using fake names.’
    • ‘You don't want your people keyboarding when they've got more important work to do.’
    • ‘Typing or keyboarding is a necessary skill for anyone using computers.’
    • ‘After two months of training, Smyth was keyboarding at 14 words a minute and beginning to write her life's story.’
    • ‘We did not have or keyboarding or anything of the like at the time.’
    • ‘They were allowed to do other homework, practice more keyboarding or surf the net.’
    • ‘As I pointed out above, keyboarding itself lacks the expressiveness and variability of handwriting.’
    • ‘My wrists used to ache so much from mousing / keyboarding, but they've been fine since I've had the rests’
    • ‘By automating frequently used procedures, a macro program can save on both mousing and keyboarding.’
    • ‘The researchers recorded the amount of time that employees keyboarded and the amount of time they spent making error corrections.’
    • ‘Some people might think that carpal tunnel syndrome is a new condition of the information technology age, born from long hours of computer keyboarding.’
    • ‘One or two emails and I'm done keyboarding for at least 9 hours.’
    • ‘Danny tried to stay on task, for he was already behind in keyboarding, but something kept distracting him.’
    • ‘So keyboarding it was and his music became more than just a pastime.’
    • ‘This is especially important if someone else has keyboarded the final copy of your review.’
    • ‘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.’
    office, desk, back-room
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