Definitions for key

Definitions for (noun) key

Main entry: key

Definition: metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated

Main entry: key

Definition: a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed

Main entry: key, keystone, headstone

Definition: the central building block at the top of an arch or vault

Main entry: winder, key

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

Main entry: key

Definition: pitch of the voice

Usage: he spoke in a low key

Main entry: key

Definition: something crucial for explaining

Usage: the key to development is economic integration

Main entry: key

Definition: a generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access

Usage: a safe-deposit box usually requires two keys to open it

Main entry: key

Definition: a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations

Main entry: key

Definition: a list of answers to a test

Usage: some students had stolen the key to the final exam

Main entry: key, tonality

Definition: any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music

Main entry: paint, key

Definition: (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

Usage: he hit a jump shot from the top of the key; he dominates play in the paint

Main entry: key, cay, Florida key

Definition: a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida

Main entry: Key, Francis Scott Key

Definition: 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)

Main entry: key, key fruit, samara

Definition: a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple

Main entry: key

Definition: a kilogram of a narcotic drug

Usage: they were carrying two keys of heroin

Definitions for (verb) key

Main entry: key

Definition: harmonize with or adjust to

Usage: key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude

Main entry: key

Definition: regulate the musical pitch of

Main entry: discover, distinguish, describe, identify, key, key out, name

Definition: identify as in botany or biology, for example

Main entry: key

Definition: vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key

Usage: His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot

Main entry: key

Definition: provide with a key

Usage: We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building

Definitions for (adj) key

Main entry: cardinal, central, key, primal, fundamental

Definition: serving as an essential component

Usage: 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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