Definition of keyboard in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkēˌbôrd/


1A panel of keys that operate a computer or typewriter.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Typewriting institutes are becoming an oddity, as manual typewriters are swept away by word processing software and computer keyboards.
2A set of keys on a piano or similar musical instrument.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • A great idea, but I'm not sure how helpful this would be for the person who knows nothing of the piano keyboard.
  • Do you use such props as audio or video recorders, or a piano keyboard?
2.1An electronic musical instrument with keys arranged as on a piano: she plays keyboard and guitar
More example sentences
  • Yet, worship leaders, armed with electronic keyboards and bass guitars, may not be theologically, let alone liturgically trained.
  • By the late 1990s, electric guitars, keyboards, and snare drums were common in urban areas.
  • The ballet is set to Bach organ music, played on electronic keyboards geared to duplicate the sound of a traditional pipe organ.


[with object]
Enter (data) by means of a keyboard.
Example sentences
  • As I pointed out above, keyboarding itself lacks the expressiveness and variability of handwriting.
  • So keyboarding it was and his music became more than just a pastime.
  • By automating frequently used procedures, a macro program can save on both mousing and keyboarding.



Pronunciation: /ˈkēˌbô(ə)rdər/
sense 1 of the noun.
Example sentences
  • How long can a space bar - which operates off a single, central point - hold up to a keyboarder who always hits it off-center, with the right thumb?
  • It was much better for the keyboarders to enter these as they encountered them in the article.
  • The use of a single center for each hand has an added advantage for beginning keyboarders and those whose have poor finger control.

Words that rhyme with keyboard

freeboard, seaboard

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Syllabification: key·board

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