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a small metal instrument specially cut to fit into a lock and move its bolt.
any of various devices resembling or functioning as a key
the key of a clock.
key card.
something that affords a means of access
the key to happiness.
something that secures or controls entrance to a place
Gibraltar is the key to the Mediterranean.
something that affords a means of clarifying a problem.
a book, pamphlet, or other text containing the solutions or translations of material given elsewhere, as testing exercises.
a systematic explanation of abbreviations, symbols, etc., used in a dictionary, map, etc.
pronunciation key. Compare legend def. 4
the system, method, pattern, etc., used to decode or decipher a cryptogram, as a code book, machine setting, or key word.
one of a set of marked parts, designated areas, or levers pressed in operating a typewriter, computer terminal, calculator, etc.
a manually operated lever for opening and closing an electric circuit, used to produce signals in telegraphy.
Music .
(in a keyboard instrument) one of the levers that when depressed by the performer sets in motion the playing mechanism.
(on a woodwind instrument) a metal lever that opens and closes a vent.
the relationship perceived between all tones in a given unit of music and a single tone or a keynote; tonality.
the principal tonality of a composition
a symphony in the key of C minor.
the keynote or tonic of a scale.
tone or pitch, as of voice
to speak in a high key.
mood or characteristic style, as of expression or thought
He writes in a melancholy key.
degree of intensity, as of feeling or action.
a pin, bolt, wedge, or other piece inserted in a hole or space to lock or hold parts of a mechanism or structure together; a cotter.
a small piece of steel fitting into matching slots of a hub of a wheel or the like and the shaft on which the wheel is mounted so that torque is transmitted from one to the other.
a contrivance for grasping and turning a bolt, nut, etc.
Computers . a field or group of characters within a record that identifies the record, establishing its position among sorted records, and/or provides information about its contents.
(in a series of advertisements or announcements soliciting replies) a unique code inserted for each medium used, to determine the relative effectiveness of the media.
Electricity .
a device for opening and closing electrical contacts.
a hand-operated switching device ordinarily formed of concealed spring contacts with an exposed handle or push button, capable of switching one or more parts of a circuit.
Biology . a systematic tabular classification of the significant characteristics of the members of a group of organisms to facilitate identification and comparison.
Masonry . a keystone.
Architecture . (in a ribbed vault) a stone, as a boss, at the intersection of two or more ribs.
Masonry, Carpentry . a wedge, as for tightening a joint or splitting a stone or timber.
Carpentry . a small piece of wood set into a timber across the grain to prevent warping.
Building Trades . any grooving or roughness applied to a surface to improve its bond with another surface.
Basketball . keyhole ( def. 2 ) .
Photography . the dominant tonal value of a picture, a high-key picture having light tonal values and minimal contrast and a low-key picture being generally dark with minimal contrast.
Painting . the tonal value and intensity of a color or range of colors
Rembrandt's colors are characterized by their low key.
Botany . a samara.
( initial capital letter ) a member of the House of Keys.
keys, spiritual authority.


chief; major; important; essential; fundamental; pivotal
a key person in the company; key industries.

Verb (used with object)

to regulate or adjust (actions, thoughts, speech, etc.) to a particular state or activity; bring into conformity
to key one's speech to the intellectual level of the audience.
Music . to regulate the key or pitch of.
Painting .
to paint (a picture) in a given key.
to adjust the colors in (a painting) to a particular hue
He keyed the painting to brown.
to fasten, secure, or adjust with a key, wedge, or the like, as parts of a mechanism.
to provide with a key.
(in the layout of newspapers, magazines, etc.) to identify, through signs or symbols, the positions of illustrations or pieces of copy in a dummy.
to lock with or as if with a key.
Masonry . to provide (an arch or vault) with a keystone.
Computers . keyboard ( def. 4 ) .

Verb (used without object)

to use a key.
Computers . keyboard ( def. 4 ) . ?

Verb phrases

key in, Computers . keyboard ( def. 4 ) .
key on,
Football . to watch the position and movements of an opponent in order to anticipate a play
The defensive backs keyed on the star receiver.
Also, key in on. to single out as of prime importance or interest; be intent on or obsessed with
a company that is keyed in on growth.
key up,
to bring to a particular degree of intensity of feeling, excitement, energy, nervousness, agitation, etc.
keyed up over the impending test.
to raise (a piece of masonry) by the insertion of a wedge or wedges.
to raise (the haunches of an arch) by the insertion of a voussoir. ?


power of the keys, the authority of a pope in ecclesiastical matters
vested in him as successor of St. Peter.


inessential , insignificant , nonessential , unimportant
lock , question


basic , chief , crucial , decisive , fundamental , indispensable , leading , main , major , material , pivotal , primary , principal , vital , capital , cardinal , first , foremost , number one , paramount , premier , prime , top , central
latchkey , opener , passkey , screw * , skeleton , blueprint , brand , cipher , clue , code , core , crux , cue , earmark , explanation , fulcrum , guide , hinge , index , indicator , interpretation , lead , lever , marker , means , nexus , nucleus , passport , password , pivot , pointer , root , sign , symptom , ticket , translation , formula , route , secret , address , answer , atoll , cay , central , critical , digital , essential , important , island , isle , islet , main , pitch , pivotal , quay , reef , scale , solution , tonality , vital

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  • master key., skeleton key., a private key., a latchkey., noun, master key , passe-partout
  • lacking a key or keys., requiring no key or keys, a keyless lock operated by a series of push buttons .
  • reduced intensity; restrained; understated., (of a photograph) having chiefly dark tones, usually with little tonal contrast ( distinguished from high-key )., to make or attempt to make low-key, adjective, adjective, to low -key the arms buildup .,...
  • reduced intensity; restrained; understated., (of a photograph) having chiefly dark tones, usually with little tonal contrast ( distinguished from high-key )., to make or attempt to make low-key, adjective, to low -key the arms buildup ., hushed , low...
  • a photograph) having chiefly light tones, usually with little tonal contrast ( distinguished from low-key ).
  • a key for releasing a latch or springlock, esp. on an outer door.
  • a person or thing that taps or strikes lightly., a telegraph key.
  • restrained in design, presentation, etc.; low-key, the understated elegance of the house .
  • , key person discount is an amount or percentage deducted from the value of an ownership
  • to lock with two turns of a key, so that a second bolt is engaged., to fasten with particular care.

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