typeahead buffer


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typeahead buffer

[′tīp·ə‚hed ′bəf·ər]
(computer science)
A temporary storage device in a keyboard or microcomputer that holds information typed on the keyboard before the central processing unit is ready to accept it.

keyboard buffer

A memory bank or reserved memory area that stores keystrokes until the program can accept them. It lets fast typists continue typing while the program catches up. Also called a "type-ahead buffer."