Definitions of key:
- noun: metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
- noun: a lever that actuates a mechanism when depressed
- noun: pitch of the voice
Example: "He spoke in a low key"
- noun: something crucial for explaining
Example: "The key to development is economic integration"
- noun: a generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access
Example: "A safe-deposit box usually requires two keys to open it"
- noun: a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
- noun: a list of answers to a test
Example: "Some students had stolen the key to the final exam"
- noun: any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
- 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
Example: "He hit a jump shot from the top of the key"
- noun: a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida
- 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)
- noun: a kilogram of a narcotic drug
Example: "They were carrying two keys of heroin"
- noun: the central building block at the top of an arch or vault
- noun: mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
- noun: a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple
- verb: provide with a key
Example: "We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building"
- verb: harmonize with or adjust to
Example: "Key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude"
- verb: regulate the musical pitch of
- verb: vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key
Example: "His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot"
- verb: identify as in botany or biology, for example
- adjective: effective; producing a desired effect
- adjective: serving as an essential component
- name: A surname (common: 1 in 6666 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #796)
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