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  Definition of Key
  1. metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock''s mechanism can be rotated
  2. a lever that actuates a mechanism when depressed
  3. the central building block at the top of an arch or vault
  4. mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
  5. pitch of the voice; "he spoke in a low key"
  6. something crucial for explaining; "the key to development is economic integration"
  7. 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"
  8. a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
  9. a list of answers to a test; "some students had stolen the key to the final exam"
  10. any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
  11. (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"
  12. a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida
  13. 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)
  14. a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple
  15. a kilogram of a narcotic drug; "they were carrying two keys of heroin"
  16. harmonize with or adjust to; "key one''s actions to the voters'' prevailing attitude"
  17. regulate the musical pitch of
  18. identify as in botany or biology, for example
  19. vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key; "His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot"
  20. provide with a key; "We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building"
  21. 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"
  22. effective; producing a desired effect; "the operative word"
Similar Words: keystone, headstone, winder, tonality, paint, cay, Florida keys, Key, Francis Scott Key, samara, key fruit, identify, discover, key out, distinguish, describe, name, cardinal, central, fundamental, primal, operative


Hyponyms: ignition key, latchkey, passkey, passe-partout, master key, master, backspace key, backspacer, control key, command key, return key, return, space bar, tab key, tab, telegraph key, quoin, coign, coigne, watch key, key word, major key, major mode, minor key, minor mode, tonic key, home key


Entailments: classify, class, sort, assort, sort out, separate


Part Meronyms: action, action mechanism, arch, basketball court, Florida, Sunshine State, Everglade State, FL


Member Meronyms: keyboard


Derivational Morphology: wind, wind up, tonality, name, naming, designation, identification, identity


Language Translations:
Afrikaans: sleutel   Albanian: çelës  
Armenian: բանալի   Bosnian: ključ  
Breton: alhwez   Bulgarian: ключ  
Catalan: clau   Chinese: 钥匙  
Croatian: ključ   Danish: nøgle and tangent and tast  
Dutch: sleutel and toets and toonladder   Esperanto: ŝlosilo  
Estonian: võti   Finnish: avain and kosketin and näppäin and sävellaji  
French: clef and touche   Frisian: kaai  
Galician: chave   Georgian: გასაღები  
German: Schlüssel and Taste and Tonart   Greek: πλήκτρο and κλειδί  
Hebrew: מפתח and מקש and קליד   Hindi: ताली  
Hungarian: billentyű and hangnem and kulcs   Icelandic: lykill  
Indonesian: kunci   Italian: chiave and tasto  
Japanese: キー and   Korean: 열죄  
Kurdish: kilîl   Latin: clavis  
Latvian: sēklis   Lithuanian: klavišas and raktas  
Malay: kunci   Maltese: cavetta  
Polish: klawisz and klucz   Portuguese: chave and clave and tecla  
Romanian: cheie   Russian: клавиша and ключ and тональность  
Slovene: ključ and tipka   Spanish: clave and llave and tecla  
Swahili: ufunguo   Swedish: nyckel and tangent and tonart  
Tamil: சாலி   Telugu: తాళంచెవి  
Turkish: anahtar   Vietnamese: chìa khoá  
Welsh: agoriad   Yiddish: שליסל  
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