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keypunch to punch holes in (a card, tape, or the like) with a key punch.
key punch a machine, operated from a keyboard, that punches holes in cards or tape used in certain data processing systems.
key ring a metal loop or ring for holding keys.
key signature in music, the number of sharps or flats to the right of the clef on a staff, indicating the key.
keystone the central, wedge-shaped stone at the top of an arch. [2 definitions]
keystroke a stroke made on a typewriter or computer keyboard.
key up to bring to a state of intense feeling or agitation.
kg abbreviation of "kilogram," or "kilograms," a unit of weight equal to one thousand grams or 2.205 pounds.
KGB abbreviation of "Komitet Gosudarstvennoi Bezopastnosti" (Russian); Committee of State Security; formerly, the security and intelligence organization of the Soviet Union.
khaki a dull yellowish brown color. [5 definitions]
khamsin a hot south wind from the Sahara that blows in Egypt in the spring, sometimes bringing sand with it.
khan1 the ruler of the Tatars and Mongols in medieval times. [2 definitions]
khan2 in certain countries of the East and Middle East, an inn, esp. one with a large courtyard for keeping caravan animals.
Khartoum the capital of Sudan.
khedive the title of the Turkish viceroys who ruled Egypt from 1867 to 1914.
Khmer a member of one of the peoples of Cambodia. [2 definitions]
khoums the smaller monetary unit of Mauritania. (Cf. ouguiya.)
kHz abbreviation of "kilohertz," a unit of frequency equal to one thousand cycles per second or one thousand hertz; kilocycle.
kibble to grind or crush into coarse pieces. [2 definitions]
kibbutz an Israeli farming settlement whose ownership is shared by those who live and work there.
Kibei (sometimes l.c.) an offspring of Japanese immigrant parents who is born in the United States or Canada but educated in Japan. (See Issei, Nisei, Sansei.)