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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Keyboard  \Key"board`\,  n. 
  The  whole  arrangement,  or  one  range,  of  the  keys  of  an  organ, 
  typewriter,  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  keyboard 
  n  1:  set  of  keys  on  a  piano  or  organ  or  typewriter  or  typesetting 
  machine  or  computer  or  the  like 
  2:  an  arrangement  of  hooks  on  which  keys  or  locks  are  hung 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  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  {terminal}s  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  key}s  and  special 
  purpose  keys,  e.g.  reset  or  volume  control. 
 
  (1995-05-02) 
 
 




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