Noun: key kee
Adjective: key kee
- Metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
- One of several labelled buttons on a typewriter, computer keyboard, or keypad, used to enter a particular character or invoke a particular function
- Something crucial for explaining
"the key to development is economic integration"
- Pitch of the voice
"he spoke in a low key"
- Any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
- A kilogram of a narcotic drug
"they were carrying two keys of heroin"
- A winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash, elm or maple
- samara, key fruit
- A coral reef off the southern coast of Florida
- cay, Florida key
- (basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different colour from the rest of the court
"he hit a jump shot from the top of the key";
- A list of answers to a test
"some students had stolen the key to the final exam"
- A list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
- 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"
- Mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
- The central building block at the top of an arch or vault
- keystone, headstone
Verb: key kee
- Serving as an essential component
"a key rule";
- cardinal, central, fundamental, primal
Noun: Key kee
- Classify or apply the appropriate name to, e.g. in botany or biology
- identify, discover, key out, distinguish, describe, name
- Provide with a key
"We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building"
- Vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key
"His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot"
- (music) regulate the musical pitch of
- Harmonize with or adjust to
"key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude"
- 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)
- Francis Scott Key
Sounds like: kai, key, quay, cay, q
Derived forms: keys, Keys, keyed, keying
See also: important, of import
Type of: achene, attorney, building block, chord, coral reef, device, explanation, furnish, harmonise [Brit], harmonize, kg, kilo, kilogram, kilogramme [Brit, Cdn], lawyer, lever, list, listing, mechanical device, musical notation, pitch, poet, positive identification, provide, reconcile, render, space, supply, vandalise [Brit], vandalize
Part of: action, action mechanism, arch, basketball court, Everglade State, FL, Florida, keyboard, Sunshine State
Encyclopedia: Key, West Virginia