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achromatic consisting of diatonic tones of the musical scale; without changes in pitch or key. [1/3 definitions]
alchemy an ancient exploration and practice of chemistry which flourished particularly during medieval times. Practitioners used chemical processes in the hope of, for example, producing gold from base metals, finding the key to eternal life, and uncovering a single cure for all disease. [1/2 definitions]
atonal in music, composed without a fixed key or scale.
backspace to move a typewriter carriage or computer cursor back one or more spaces by pressing a certain key. [2 definitions]
blues (used with a sing. or pl. verb) a style of jazz developed by American blacks, usu. having a twelve-bar structure and frequently composed in a minor key. [1/2 definitions]
capo1 a device that is fastened around the fingerboard of a guitar or similar instrument to uniformly change the key of the strings.
carbon-based of or pertaining to something that contains organic molecules as a key component.
cay a small, low-lying island or reef; key.
clavichord an early soft-toned keyboard instrument, recognized as the forerunner of the piano, with strings that are struck by metal wedges attached to the end of each key.
commodity dollar a proposed unit of currency whose value would vary according to an official index of key commodity prices.
enter a key on a computer keyboard or keypad that when pressed allows a command to be confirmed or entered into the computer. [1/11 definitions]
hot-wire (informal) to start (an automobile or the like) by crossing or connecting the ignition wires, rather than by using a key.
key chain a chain on which keys are strung, or a key ring attached by a short chain or clip to an ornament.
key club a private nightclub to which each member has a key.
keyed tuned to, pitched in, or composed in a specific key, as a musical instrument or song. [1/3 definitions]
keyhole a hole in a lock for inserting a key to lock and unlock it.
keypunch to punch holes in (a card, tape, or the like) with a key punch.
key signature in music, the number of sharps or flats to the right of the clef on a staff, indicating the key.
kingpin (informal) the key or dominant person in an organization, project, or the like. [1/3 definitions]
lanyard a cord or rope used to suspend small objects, such as a whistle, knife, or key from the neck, shoulder, or belt. [1/4 definitions]
latchkey a key that releases a latch, esp. on an outer door or gate. [1/2 definitions]