Definitions of key

  1. 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"
  2. a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida
  3. identify as in botany or biology, for example
  4. 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)
  5. the central building block at the top of an arch or vault
  6. provide with a key; " We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building"
  7. metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
  8. a lever that actuates a mechanism when depressed
  9. mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring ( as a clock)
  10. pitch of the voice; " he spoke in a low key"
  11. something crucial for explaining; " the key to development is economic integration"
  12. a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
  13. any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
  14. harmonize with or adjust to; " key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude"
  15. a winged often one- seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple
  16. effective; producing a desired effect; " the operative word"
  17. 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"
  18. a list of answers to a test; " some students had stolen the key to the final exam"
  19. ( 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"
  20. a kilogram of a narcotic drug; " they were carrying two keys of heroin"
  21. regulate the musical pitch of
  22. vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key; " His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot"
  23. 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.
  24. An instrument which is turned like a key in fastening or adjusting any mechanism; as, a watch key; a bed key, etc.
  25. 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.
  26. That part of a mechanism which serves to lock up, make fast, or adjust to position.
  27. A piece of wood used as a wedge.
  28. The last board of a floor when laid down.
  29. A keystone.
  30. That part of the plastering which is forced through between the laths and holds the rest in place.
  31. A wedge to unite two or more pieces, or adjust their relative position; a cotter; a forelock.
  32. 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.
  33. 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 " sharp four," " flat seven," etc. Scales and tunes of every variety are made from the tones of a key.
  34. The fundamental tone of a movement to which its modulations are referred, and with which it generally begins and ends; keynote.
  35. Fig: The general pitch or tone of a sentence or utterance.
  36. To fasten or secure firmly; to fasten or tighten with keys or wedges.
  37. A metallic lever by which the circuit of the sending or transmitting part of a station equipment may be easily and rapidly opened and closed; any device for closing or opening an electric circuit.
  38. A simplified version or analysis which accompanies something as a clue to its explanation, a book or table containing the solutions to problems, ciphers, allegories, or the like, or a table or synopsis of conspicuous distinguishing characters of members of a taxonomic group.
  39. A bar or key, in a typewriter or typesetting machine, used for spacing between letters.
  40. An indehiscent, one- seeded fruit furnished with a wing, as the fruit of the ash and maple; a samara; - called also key fruit.
  41. A metal instrument for turning a lock; an instrument by which something is turned, secured, or operated upon; that which allows or hinders entrance; as Liege was the key to Belgium; solution; as, the key to a riddle; an exact translation; a low small island; as, the Florida keys; a system of musical tones based on their relation to a note, called a keynote, from which the system is named; as, the key of G major; general pitch or tone of voice; as, men naturally speack in a lower key than women; a small lever, as an a piano, typewriter, etc., by which the instrument is made to act.
  42. Go regulate the gone of.
  43. An instrument for shutting or opening a lock: that by which something is screwed or turned: ( arch.) the middle stone of an arch: a piece of wood let into another piece crosswise to prevent warping: ( mus.) one of the small levers in musical instruments for producing notes: the fundamental note of a piece of music: that which explains a mystery: a book containing answers to exercises, etc.
  44. Instrument to fasten and open a lock; clew to any mystery; small lever of a musical instrument; proper scale of a piece of music; reef of rocks.
  45. An instrument for moving the bolt in a lock.
  46. Anything that discloses or opens something; a lever to be pressed by the finger in a musical instrument or a typewriter.
  47. A key note; quality, intensity, or pitch of tone in speaking.
  48. A low island, as of coral.
  49. A quay; wharf.
  50. A wharf; pier; artificial landing- place.
  51. Instrument for shutting or opening a lock; that or by which something is screwed or turned; the central stone of an arch which binds it; a little lever or piece in the fore part, by which the fingers play on an instrument; the fundamental note or tone, to which a piece of music is accommodated; that which serves to explain anything difficult to be understood; a solution; a translation; a ledge of wood let into the back of another across the grain, to prevent warping.
  52. A ledge of rocks near the surface of the water. See Quay.
  53. To fasten with a key. The power of the keys, the authority, assumed exclusively by the Pope, but exercised by the clergy of all churches, to grant or withhold church privilege and fellowship. The key of a position, a position the occupancy of which secures the possession of a district of country.
  54. A well- known instr. for shutting and opening locks; that which explains or solves a difficulty; the small lever in a musical instr.- as in a pianoforte; the fundamental note in a piece of music.
  55. A wharf, rather spelt quay- which see.

Quotes of key

  1. I think what actually works best is local -level individual targeting of key leadership nodes. – John Abizaid
  2. The moment I saw the model and heard about the complementing base pairs I realized that it was the key to understanding all the problems in biology we had found intractable- it was the birth of molecular biology. – Sydney Brenner
  3. I think everybody has a bent, and the key is to follow that bent. So much human wastage comes from people who are doing things with their lives that they really aren't happy with. – J. Carter Brown
  4. If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it. – George Burns
  5. The key factor is whether the agent is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives, which screens its members and requires them to uphold a Canon of Ethics. – Richard Curtis
  6. I think most organizations have an interest in key recovery, at least with respect to stored data. – Dorothy Denning
  7. A systemic cleansing and detox is definitely the way to go after each holiday. It is the key to fighting high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, and other health -related illnesses. – Lee Haney
  8. A Minor is one of my all -time favorite keys to play in. It's a very moody key and also 'A' is the first letter of my name. It just represents the songs through my eyes. – Alicia Keys
  9. Focus on your problem zones, your strength, your energy, your flexibility and all the rest. Maybe your chest is flabby or your hips or waist need toning. Also, you should change your program every thirty days. That's the key – Jack LaLanne
  10. At the risk of sounding hopelessly romantic, love is the key element. I really love to play with different musicians who come from different cultural backgrounds. – John McLaughlin
  11. I can't play my songs on the smaller harp. I have a Celtic harp. I can't do the key changes. – Joanna Newsom
  12. For me context is the key from that comes the understanding of everything. – Kenneth Noland
  13. Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students. – Solomon Ortiz
  14. The key is in remaining just aloof enough from a painting so that you know when to stop. – Buffy Sainte-Marie
  15. The key step for an infielder is the first one, to the left or right, but before the ball is hit. – Earl Weaver

Usage examples for key

  1. Did he give you the key – The Charm of Ireland by Burton Egbert Stevenson
  2. She set the key – The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  3. You know your mother's kind enough to let me have a key of the garden gate. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  4. The key opened it at once, and inside a bag was found. – The Lifeboat by R.M. Ballantyne
  5. You know the secret which is the key to my life. – Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  6. " I'll turn the key outside," he said. – The Orange-Yellow Diamond by J. S. Fletcher
  7. I could not bring them to you because I could not find the key – The Children of Wilton Chase by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  8. " I'll get the key out of the cop's pocket," announced the little man. – The Gray Phantom's Return by Herman Landon
  9. If the picture is full of light color, it is said to be in a high key – Text Books of Art Education, Book IV (of 7) by Hugo B. Froehlich Bonnie E. Snow
  10. By means of a pass- key – Who? by Elizabeth Kent
  11. " There we touch the key of the subject. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  12. I've been trying for one hour to make the hall key work. – The Story Of Julia Page Works of Kathleen Norris, Volume V. by Kathleen Norris
  13. At the sound of the key however, the girl looked round and saw Wolfenden. – Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  14. He got here an hour or two after it came and must have let himself in with his own key – The Grell Mystery by Frank Froest
  15. Rolfe, Blunt, haul in on that line- easy now, or you'll break it- and Mr. Houten, here's my cabin key – Gold Out of Celebes by Aylward Edward Dingle
  16. He bent over the key – The White Desert by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  17. Sophia found her key and opened the door. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  18. Got key said the old Indian, keeping well away from the box. – Six Little Bunkers at Cowboy Jack's by Laura Lee Hope
  19. " You had the key of the door all the time, of course," said Riddell. – The Willoughby Captains by Talbot Baines Reed
  20. Have you another key – The Golden Web by Anthony Partridge

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