keyboard

What do pianos and computers have in common? They both have keyboards! A computer keyboard has numbers and letters, but a piano keyboard has musical notes. The keyboard is the part that you press with your fingers.

Besides the rockin’ keyboard of a synthesizer, piano, or organ, there is also the computer keyboard. This keyboard is used for typing, with the earliest examples being the keyboards on typewriters. Occasionally, the word keyboard is used as a verb, meaning "to type on keyboard." It’s also, literally, a board with little hooks to hang the other kind of keys on. The musical instrument meaning came first, around 1819.

Definitions of keyboard
  1. noun
    device consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer or the like
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    computer keyboard, keypad
    a keyboard that is a data input device for computers; arrangement of keys is modelled after the typewriter keyboard
    clavier, fingerboard, piano keyboard
    a bank of keys on a musical instrument
    typewriter keyboard
    a keyboard for manually entering characters to be printed
    QWERTY keyboard
    the standard typewriter keyboard; the keys for Q, W, E, R, T, and Y are the first six from the left on the top row of letter keys
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    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  2. noun
    holder consisting of an arrangement of hooks on which keys or locks can be hung
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    a holding device
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