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keyboard

keyboard

4 definitions found
 for keyboard
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Keyboard \Key"board`\, n.
     The whole arrangement, or one range, of the keys[3] of an
     organ, piano, typewriter, etc.; that part of a device
     containing the keys[3] used to operate it.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  21 Moby Thesaurus words for "keyboard":
     autotype, choir, claviature, console, echo, eighty-eight,
     electrotype, fingerboard, great, ivories, keys, linotype, manual,
     monotype, organ manual, palaeotype, pedals, piano keys, solo,
     stereotype, swell
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  keyboard
  
      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 more directly
     to the processor, allowing the processor to scan it and detect
     which key or keys are currently pressed.  Pressing a key sends
     a low-level key code to the keyboard input driver routine
     which translates this to one or more characters or special
     actions.
  
     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.
  
     (2003-07-04)