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Meaning & Definition of Key in English

English

Key

/ki/

noun

1. Metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated

    synonym:
  • key

2. Something crucial for explaining

  • "The key to development is economic integration"
    synonym:
  • key

3. Pitch of the voice

  • "He spoke in a low key"
    synonym:
  • key

4. Any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music

    synonym:
  • key
  • ,
  • tonality

5. A kilogram of a narcotic drug

  • "They were carrying two keys of heroin"
    synonym:
  • key

6. A winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple

    synonym:
  • samara
  • ,
  • key fruit
  • ,
  • key

7. 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)
    synonym:
  • Key
  • ,
  • Francis Scott Key

8. A coral reef off the southern coast of florida

    synonym:
  • key
  • ,
  • cay
  • ,
  • Florida key

9. (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"
    synonym:
  • key
  • ,
  • paint

10. A list of answers to a test

  • "Some students had stolen the key to the final exam"
    synonym:
  • key

11. A list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations

    synonym:
  • key

12. 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"
    synonym:
  • key

13. Mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)

    synonym:
  • winder
  • ,
  • key

14. The central building block at the top of an arch or vault

    synonym:
  • keystone
  • ,
  • key
  • ,
  • headstone

15. A lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed

    synonym:
  • key

verb

1. Identify as in botany or biology, for example

    synonym:
  • identify
  • ,
  • discover
  • ,
  • key
  • ,
  • key out
  • ,
  • distinguish
  • ,
  • describe
  • ,
  • name

2. Provide with a key

  • "We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building"
    synonym:
  • key

3. Vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key

  • "His new mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot"
    synonym:
  • key

4. Regulate the musical pitch of

    synonym:
  • key

5. Harmonize with or adjust to

  • "Key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude"
    synonym:
  • key

adjective

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"
    synonym:
  • cardinal
  • ,
  • central
  • ,
  • fundamental
  • ,
  • key
  • ,
  • primal

Examples of using

I need a key to open a box.
Where's the key? Ah, you have it.
He played a key role in the movement.