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Key meaning

key - 23 dictionary results

  1. 1. a list of answers to a test; " some students had stolen the key to the final exam"
  2. 2. ( 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"
  3. 3. a kilogram of a narcotic drug; " they were carrying two keys of heroin"
  4. 4. regulate the musical pitch of
  5. 5. vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key; " His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot"
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. An instrument which is turned like a key in fastening or adjusting any mechanism; as, a watch key; a bed key, etc.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. That part of a mechanism which serves to lock up, make fast, or adjust to position.
  10. 10. A piece of wood used as a wedge.
  11. 11. A keystone.
  12. 12. That part of the plastering which is forced through between the laths and holds the rest in place.
  13. 13. A wedge to unite two or more pieces, or adjust their relative position; a cotter; a forelock.
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. The fundamental tone of a movement to which its modulations are referred, and with which it generally begins and ends; keynote.
  17. 17. Fig: The general pitch or tone of a sentence or utterance.
  18. 18. To fasten or secure firmly; to fasten or tighten with keys or wedges.
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. A bar or key, in a typewriter or typesetting machine, used for spacing between letters.
  22. 22. An indehiscent, one- seeded fruit furnished with a wing, as the fruit of the ash and maple; a samara; - called also key fruit.
  23. 23. 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.

key - examples of usage

  1. At her hurried knock a key was turned, and the door of the anteroom opened wide enough to allow her to slip in.
  2. Elizabeth turned the key in the lock the instant Mary stepped from the room.
  3. She had not made up her mind to risk it, when she heard a key put in the lock, and she hardly had time to spring back to prevent herself from being hit by the opening door. - "Liza of Lambeth", W. Somerset Maugham.
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