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    key - Dictionary definition and meaning for word key

    Definition
    (noun) metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated Definition
    (noun) something crucial for explaining
    Example Sentence
    • the key to development is economic integration
    Definition
    (noun) pitch of the voice
    Example Sentence
    • he spoke in a low key
    Definition
    (noun) any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
    Synonyms : tonality
    Definition
    (noun) a kilogram of a narcotic drug
    Example Sentence
    • they were carrying two keys of heroin
    Definition
    (noun) a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple
    Synonyms : key fruit , samara
    Definition
    (noun) 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)
    Synonyms : francis scott key
    Definition
    (noun) a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida
    Synonyms : cay , florida key
    Definition
    (noun) (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
    Synonyms : paint
    Example Sentence
    • he hit a jump shot from the top of the key
    • he dominates play in the paint
    Definition
    (noun) a list of answers to a test
    Example Sentence
    • some students had stolen the key to the final exam
    Definition
    (noun) a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations Definition
    (noun) a generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access
    Example Sentence
    • a safe-deposit box usually requires two keys to open it
    Definition
    (noun) mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
    Synonyms : winder
    Definition
    (noun) the central building block at the top of an arch or vault
    Synonyms : headstone , keystone
    Definition
    (noun) a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed Definition
    (verb) identify as in botany or biology, for example Definition
    (verb) provide with a key
    Example Sentence
    • We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building
    Definition
    (verb) vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key
    Example Sentence
    • His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot
    Definition
    (verb) regulate the musical pitch of Definition
    (verb) harmonize with or adjust to
    Example Sentence
    • key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude
    Definition
    (adj) serving as an essential component
    Synonyms : cardinal , central , fundamental , primal
    Example Sentence
    • 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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