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Key (IPA: /╦łki/)


Key (n.)

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.

Key (n.)

An instrument which is turned like a key in fastening or adjusting any mechanism; as, a watch key; a bed key, etc.

Key (n.)

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.

Key (n.)

A position or condition which affords entrance, control, pr possession, etc.; as, the key of a line of defense; the key of a country; the key of a political situation. Hence, that which serves to unlock, open, discover, or solve something unknown or difficult; as, the key to a riddle; the key to a problem.

Key (n.)

That part of a mechanism which serves to lock up, make fast, or adjust to position.

Key (n.)

A piece of wood used as a wedge.

Key (n.)

The last board of a floor when laid down.

Key (n.)

A keystone.

Key (n.)

That part of the plastering which is forced through between the laths and holds the rest in place.

Key (n.)

A wedge to unite two or more pieces, or adjust their relative position; a cotter; a forelock.

Key (n.)

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.

Key (n.)

An indehiscent, one-seeded fruit furnished with a wing, as the fruit of the ash and maple; a samara; -- called also key fruit.

Key (n.)

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 "LFT sharp four, RHT" "LFT flat seven, RHT" etc. Scales and tunes of every variety are made from the tones of a key.

Key (n.)

The fundamental tone of a movement to which its modulations are referred, and with which it generally begins and ends; keynote.

Key (n.)

Fig: The general pitch or tone of a sentence or utterance.

Key (v. t.)

To fasten or secure firmly; to fasten or tighten with keys or wedges.

Key ()

See Keynote.

Key

Instrument that is used to operate a lock

Key

Piece of information in cryptography

Key

Tonic note and chord of a musical piece

Key

Part in certain musical instruments

Key

Mechanical machine element

Key Synonyms

Fundamental, Central, Cardinal, Important, Of Import, Primal

Key Synonyms

Important, Operative, Significant

Key Synonyms

Florida Key, Cay

Key Synonyms

Key, Francis Scott Key

Key Synonyms

Headstone, Keystone

Key Synonyms

Paint

Key Synonyms

Key Fruit, Samara

Key Synonyms

Tonality

Key Synonyms

Winder

Key Synonyms

Identify, Distinguish, Discover, Nam, Key Out, Describe

KEY (Acronym / Abbreviation)

Key Airlines

KEY (Acronym / Abbreviation)

KeyCorp

KEY (Acronym / Abbreviation)

Keystone

KEY (Acronym / Abbreviation)

Kiwanis Educating Youth

Key (Last Name / Surname)

Key is the #1,037 most common last name / surname from the 2010 United States Census. The census reported that 33,501 people had that surname.

Spanish Translation

Key in Spanish is Llave

Tagalog Translation

Key in Tagalog is Liyabe

Example Sentence (Quote)

"A box without hinges, key or lid, Yet golden treasure inside is hid." - Eggs

Example Sentence (Quote)

"A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we're pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we're safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we're two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we've found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life." - Key

Example Sentence (Quote)

"As soon as man, expert from time, has found The key of life, it opes the gates of death." - Death

Example Sentence (Quote)

" AWARENESS is the path to better choices. Self-AWARENESS is the key to peace. AWARENESS opens the mind and heart to new possibilities." - Key

Example Sentence (Quote)

" But I have learned a thing or two; I know as sure as fate, When we lock up our lives for wealth, the gold key comes too late." - Wealth


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