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Meaning of KEYBOARD

Pronunciation:  'kee`bowrd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  holder consisting of an arrangement of hooks on which keys or locks can be hung
  2. [n]  device consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer or the like

KEYBOARD is a 8 letter word that starts with K.


 See Also: action, action mechanism, clavier, computer, computer keyboard, computing device, computing machine, data processor, device, electronic computer, fingerboard, forte-piano, holder, information processing system, key, keypad, organ, piano, piano keyboard, pianoforte, pipe organ, terminal, typesetting machine, typewriter, typewriter keyboard



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Key"board`\, n.
The whole arrangement, or one range, of the keys of an organ,
typewriter, etc.

Computing Dictionary

A hardware device consisting of a number of mechanical buttons (keys) which the user presses to input characters to a computer.

Keyboards were originally part of terminals which were separate peripheral devices that performed both input and output and communicated with the computer via a serial line. Today a keyboard is more likely to be connected directly to the processor, allowing the processor to scan it and detect which key or keys are currently pressed. Keyboards vary in the keys they have, most have keys to generate the ascii character set as well as various function keys and special purpose keys, e.g. reset or volume control.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: autotype, choir, claviature, console, echo, eighty-eight, electrotype, fingerboard, great, ivories, keys, linotype, manual, monotype, organ manual, palaeotype, pedals, piano keys, solo, stereotype, swell