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key1

key1

 
 
pronunciation:
ki
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, transitive verb
phrases:
key up
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a notched or grooved object, usu. metal, that can open or close locks.
I lost the key to the back door.
 
similar words:
latchkey, master key, passkey, skeleton key
definition 2: something that provides access or clarification, or otherwise assists in possessing or understanding.
He has the key to success.
synonyms:
passport
similar words:
agent, instrument, means, ticket
definition 3: a list that provides an explanation of codes or symbols.
synonyms:
legend
similar words:
annotation, gloss, guide, handbook, manual
definition 4: a button or lever on a machine or musical instrument that, when pressed, performs a function.
typewriter keyspiano keys
similar words:
button, lever
definition 5: the governing tone of the scale in a musical work.
The symphony is written in the key of D minor.
synonyms:
keynote, tonic
similar words:
note, pitch, tonality, tone
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: main; primary; essential.
He made the key point in the discussion.
synonyms:
cardinal, central, chief, essential, fundamental, leading, main, primary
antonyms:
peripheral
similar words:
capital, critical, crucial, great, important, major, pivotal, prime
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: keyed, keying, keys
definition 1: to regulate, coordinate, or adjust so that there is harmony or an appropriate match with something else.
The lesson is keyed to the particular level of the students.The President's speech was keyed to the political climate.
synonyms:
adjust, fit, gear, regulate, suit
similar words:
adapt, aim, coordinate, direct
definition 2: to provide with keys.
phrase: key up
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