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key - Dictionary definition and meaning for word key

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(noun) metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
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(noun) something crucial for explaining
Example Sentence
  • the key to development is economic integration

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(noun) pitch of the voice
Example Sentence
  • he spoke in a low key

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(noun) any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
Synonyms : tonality

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(noun) a kilogram of a narcotic drug
Example Sentence
  • they were carrying two keys of heroin

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(noun) a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple
Synonyms : key fruit , samara

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(noun) United States lawyer and poet who wrote a poem after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore during the War of 1812; the poem was later set to music and entitled `The Star-Spangled Banner' (1779-1843)
Synonyms : francis scott key

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(noun) a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida
Synonyms : cay , florida key

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(noun) (basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court
Synonyms : paint
Example Sentence
  • he hit a jump shot from the top of the key
  • he dominates play in the paint

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(noun) a list of answers to a test
Example Sentence
  • some students had stolen the key to the final exam

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(noun) a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
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(noun) a generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access
Example Sentence
  • a safe-deposit box usually requires two keys to open it

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(noun) mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
Synonyms : winder

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(noun) the central building block at the top of an arch or vault
Synonyms : headstone , keystone

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(noun) a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed
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(verb) identify as in botany or biology, for example
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(verb) provide with a key
Example Sentence
  • We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building

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(verb) vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key
Example Sentence
  • His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot

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(verb) regulate the musical pitch of
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(verb) harmonize with or adjust to
Example Sentence
  • key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude

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(adj) serving as an essential component
Synonyms : cardinal , central , fundamental , primal
Example Sentence
  • a cardinal rule
  • the central cause of the problem
  • an example that was fundamental to the argument
  • computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure

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