key key  /ˈki/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
  2. (n) something crucial for explaining
  3. (n) pitch of the voice
  4. (n) any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
  5. (n) a kilogram of a narcotic drug
  6. (n) a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple
  7. (n) 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)
  8. (n) a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida
  9. (n) (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
  10. (n) a list of answers to a test
  11. (n) a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
  12. (n) a generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access
  13. (n) mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
  14. (n) the central building block at the top of an arch or vault
  15. (n) a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed
  16. (v) identify as in botany or biology, for example
  17. (v) provide with a key
  18. (v) vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key
  19. (v) regulate the musical pitch of
  20. (v) harmonize with or adjust to
  21. (adj) serving as an essential component

Usage(s):

  • It's been nine decades since Turkish soldiers kept the peace in the Holy Land, but their return may be key to calming Israeli-Palestinian hostility.

News

  1. Key employees of Byggmax subscribe for warrants

    SOLNA, Sweden--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News: Key employees of Byggmax (STO:BMAX) have subscribed for 600,000 warrants as part of the recently resolved incentive program. The Annual General Meeting on May 15 resolved to implement an incentive program in Byggmax. In accordance with the proposal, a group of key employees, numbering 27, have the opportunity to purchase up to 828,000 warrants at ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Business Wire

  2. Key Evidence, Testimony Featured in Day Two of Weisheit Murder Trial

    Day two of the Jeffrey Weisheit capital murder trial features key evidence and key testimony from a star witness in the prosecution's case. Also, Eyewitness News learns a juror was dismissed and arrested shortly before the trial began.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: FOX 7 WTVW Evansville

  3. Key West Hemingway Days to Celebrate Author's Legacy

    Key West hosts Hemingway Days to celebrate Ernest Hemingway's Key West legacy. Photo Credit: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau
    on June 12, 2013     Source: NBC Miami

Quotes

  1. "The key thing is to have good weather," Pasachoff said.
    on Jul 9, 2010 By: Jay Pasachoff Source: The Associated Press

  2. "An FTA is usually marked by a reduction in several key tariffs," Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said in Jakarta.
    on Jun 11, 2008 By: Mari Pangestu Source: Jakarta Post

  3. "This all shows the oil industry holds shocking sway over the administration and even key federal employees," said Nelson, who is an opponent of expanded offshore leasing that President George W. Bush has been demanding from Congress.
    on Sep 10, 2008 By: Bill Nelson Source: AFP

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