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keyboard Syllabification: key·board
Pronunciation: /ˈkēˌbôrd/

Definition of keyboard in English:


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.


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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.



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.


Pronunciation: /ˈkēˌbô(ə)rdəst/
sense 2 of the noun.
Example sentences
  • He developed a sonic vocabulary all his own, with a band that had an idiosyncratic sound eventually built around two keyboardists, two guitarists, and a sax player.
  • Electric bass players, like guitarists, keyboardists, drummers, and other rock musicians, can get out of control with gear when searching for the perfect tone.
  • With three guitarists, three back-up vocalists, two keyboardists, a drummer and a saxophonist, this is a big band.

Words that rhyme with keyboard

freeboard, seaboard

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