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key

noun (n)

  • metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • something crucial for explaining (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    The key to development is economic integration.
    source: wordnet30
  • pitch of the voice (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    He spoke in a low key.
    source: wordnet30
  • any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music (noun.communication)
    Synonym: tonality
    Antonym: atonalism, atonality
    source: wordnet30
  • a kilogram of a narcotic drug (noun.quantity)
    Example:
    They were carrying two keys of heroin.
    source: wordnet30
  • a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple (noun.plant)
    Synonym: key fruit, samara
    source: wordnet30
  • 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) (noun.person)
    source: wordnet30
  • a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida (noun.object)
    Synonym: cay, florida key
    source: wordnet30
  • (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 (noun.location)
    Synonym: paint
    Example:
    He hit a jump shot from the top of the key.
    source: wordnet30
  • a list of answers to a test (noun.communication)
    Example:
    Some students had stolen the key to the final exam.
    source: wordnet30
  • a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • a generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access (noun.communication)
    Example:
    A safe-deposit box usually requires two keys to open it.
    source: wordnet30
  • mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock) (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: winder
    source: wordnet30
  • the central building block at the top of an arch or vault (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: headstone, keystone
    source: wordnet30
  • a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • An instrument by means of which the bolt of a lock is shot or drawn; usually, a removable metal instrument fitted to the mechanism of a particular lock and operated by turning in its place. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A metallic lever by which the circuit of the sending or transmitting part of a station equipment may be easily and rapidly opened and closed; any device for closing or opening an electric circuit. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A simplified version or analysis which accompanies something as a clue to its explanation, a book or table containing the solutions to problems, ciphers, allegories, or the like, or a table or synopsis of conspicuous distinguishing characters of members of a taxonomic group. (noun)
    source: webster1913

adjective satellite (s)

verb (v)

  • identify as in botany or biology, for example (verb.cognition)
    source: wordnet30
  • provide with a key (verb.possession)
    Example:
    We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building.
    source: wordnet30
  • vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key (verb.contact)
    Example:
    His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot.
    source: wordnet30
  • regulate the musical pitch of (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • harmonize with or adjust to (verb.change)
    Example:
    Key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude.
    source: wordnet30
  • To fasten or secure firmly; to fasten or tighten with keys or wedges. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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