Definition of keyboard noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkiːbɔːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkiːbɔːrd//
    Computer hardware, In the office, Using a computer, Musical instruments
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  1. 1  the set of keys for operating a computer or typewriter, or the set of letters that you can click on to write on a smartphone or tablet (4) Wordfindercomputer, display, drive, keyboard, memory, platform, program, reboot, router, screen Wordfinderbackspace, click, control, cursor, escape, keyboard, return, shift, slash, space bar See related entries: Computer hardware, In the office, Using a computer
  2. 2  the set of black and white keys on a piano or other musical instrument See related entries: Musical instruments
  3. 3  an electronic musical instrument that has keys like a piano and can be made to play in different styles or to sound like different instruments compare synthesizer See related entries: Musical instruments
  4. Extra examples Arianne was tapping away at her keyboard. Ed Duke was at the keyboard. Filled with inspiration, he started pounding his keyboard. He played the song on his keyboard. The program locks the keyboard until a password is given. The recording features Herbie Hancock on keyboard. Users can now customize keyboard short cuts. Using the mouse is quicker than typing it on the keyboard. You can access web pages by using an on-screen keyboard. the first pocket PC to include a built-in keyboard the mouse and keyboard ports on the back of your computer excellent keyboard skills
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