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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A panel of buttons used for typing and performing other functions on a computer or typewriter.
  • noun A row of levers that are depressed with the fingers to produce or modulate the sound of an instrument, such as a piano or organ.
  • noun Any of various instruments, played by means of a musical keyboard, often connected to a synthesizer or amplifier.
  • transitive verb To set (copy) by means of a keyed typesetting machine.
  • transitive verb To enter (text or data) into a computer by means of a keyboard.
  • transitive verb Music To play (a composition) on a piano or keyboard.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the organ, pianoforte, and similar instruments, as the harpsichord, clavichord, etc., the series or horizontal row of finger-levers or digitals (usually called keys), by depressing which the performer causes the pipes, strings, or reeds to produce tonos.
  • noun Pedal keyboards in the organ are called radiating when the keys are made to converge somewhat below the player's seat, like the ribs of a fan, and concave when the general level of the inner keys is lower than that of the outer ones. In the best organs the pedal keyboard is both concave and radiating.
  • noun The set of keys for operating the letters of a type-writing or type-settingmachine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A set of keys used to operate a typewriter, computer etc.
  • noun music A component of many instruments including the piano, organ, and harpsichord consisting of usually black and white keys that cause different tones to be produced when struck.
  • noun music A device with keys of a musical keyboard, used to control electronic sound-producing devices which may be built into or separate from the keyboard device.
  • verb intransitive To type on a computer keyboard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun device consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer or the like
  • noun holder consisting of an arrangement of hooks on which keys or locks can be hung

Etymologies

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key +‎ board

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