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Definitions of key

  1. Go regulate the gone of. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. identify as in botany or biology, for example Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. provide with a key; "We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. harmonize with or adjust to; "key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. To fasten with a key. The power of the keys, the authority, assumed exclusively by the Pope, but exercised by the clergy of all churches, to grant or withhold church privilege and fellowship. The key of a position, a position the occupancy of which secures the possession of a district of country. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. the central building block at the top of an arch or vault Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a lever that actuates a mechanism when depressed Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. pitch of the voice; "he spoke in a low key" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. something crucial for explaining; "the key to development is economic integration" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. An instrument which is turned like a key in fastening or adjusting any mechanism; as, a watch key; a bed key, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. That part of an instrument or machine which serves as the means of operating it; as, a telegraph key; the keys of a pianoforte, or of a typewriter. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. That part of a mechanism which serves to lock up, make fast, or adjust to position. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. A piece of wood used as a wedge. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The last board of a floor when laid down. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A keystone. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. That part of the plastering which is forced through between the laths and holds the rest in place. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. A wedge to unite two or more pieces, or adjust their relative position; a cotter; a forelock. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Fig: The general pitch or tone of a sentence or utterance. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. An indehiscent, one-seeded fruit furnished with a wing, as the fruit of the ash and maple; a samara; - called also key fruit. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. A metal instrument for turning a lock; an instrument by which something is turned, secured, or operated upon; that which allows or hinders entrance; as Liege was the key to Belgium; solution; as, the key to a riddle; an exact translation; a low small island; as, the Florida keys; a system of musical tones based on their relation to a note, called a keynote, from which the system is named; as, the key of G major; general pitch or tone of voice; as, men naturally speack in a lower key than women; a small lever, as an a piano, typewriter, etc., by which the instrument is made to act. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  25. An instrument for shutting or opening a lock: that by which something is screwed or turned: (arch.) the middle stone of an arch: a piece of wood let into another piece crosswise to prevent warping: (mus.) one of the small levers in musical instruments for producing notes: the fundamental note of a piece of music: that which explains a mystery: a book containing answers to exercises, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  26. Instrument to fasten and open a lock; clew to any mystery; small lever of a musical instrument; proper scale of a piece of music; reef of rocks. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. An instrument for moving the bolt in a lock. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. Anything that discloses or opens something; a lever to be pressed by the finger in a musical instrument or a typewriter. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. A key note; quality, intensity, or pitch of tone in speaking. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. A low island, as of coral. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. A quay; wharf. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. A wharf; pier; artificial landing-place. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. Instrument for shutting or opening a lock; that or by which something is screwed or turned; the central stone of an arch which binds it; a little lever or piece in the fore part, by which the fingers play on an instrument; the fundamental note or tone, to which a piece of music is accommodated; that which serves to explain anything difficult to be understood; a solution; a translation; a ledge of wood let into the back of another across the grain, to prevent warping. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. A ledge of rocks near the surface of the water. See Quay. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  35. A well-known instr. for shutting and opening locks; that which explains or solves a difficulty; the small lever in a musical instr.-as in a pianoforte; the fundamental note in a piece of music. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  36. A wharf, rather spelt quay-which see. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  37. serving as an essential component; "a cardinal rule"; "the central cause of the problem"; "an example that was fundamental to the argument"; "computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  38. effective; producing a desired effect; "the operative word" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  39. a generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access; "a safe-deposit box usually requires two keys to open it" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  40. a list of answers to a test; "some students had stolen the key to the final exam" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  41. (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; "he hit a jump shot from the top of the key"; "he dominates play in the paint" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  42. a kilogram of a narcotic drug; "they were carrying two keys of heroin" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  43. regulate the musical pitch of Wordnet Dictionary DB
  44. vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key; "His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  45. A bar, pin or wedge, to secure a crank, pulley, coupling, etc., upon a shaft, and prevent relative turning; sometimes holding by friction alone, but more frequently by its resistance to shearing, being usually embedded partly in the shaft and partly in the crank, pulley, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. A family of tones whose regular members are called diatonic tones, and named key tone (or tonic) or one (or eight), mediant or three, dominant or five, subdominant or four, submediant or six, supertonic or two, and subtonic or seven. Chromatic tones are temporary members of a key, under such names as " sharp four," "flat seven," etc. Scales and tunes of every variety are made from the tones of a key. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. A bar or key, in a typewriter or typesetting machine, used for spacing between letters. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for key

  1. Got key said the old Indian, keeping well away from the box. – Six Little Bunkers at Cowboy Jack's by Laura Lee Hope
  2. I could not bring them to you because I could not find the key – The Children of Wilton Chase by Mrs. L. T. Meade
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