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  • n  metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
  • n  something crucial for explaining
    the key to development is economic integration
  • n  pitch of the voice
    he spoke in a low key
  • n  any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
  • n  a kilogram of a narcotic drug
    they were carrying two keys of heroin
  • n  a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple
  • 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)
  • n  a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida
  • 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
    he hit a jump shot from the top of the key
  • n  a list of answers to a test
    some students had stolen the key to the final exam
  • n  a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
  • n  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
  • n  mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
  • n  the central building block at the top of an arch or vault
  • n  a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed
  • v  identify as in botany or biology, for example
  • v  provide with a key
    We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building
  • v  vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key
    His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot
  • v  regulate the musical pitch of
  • v  harmonize with or adjust to
    key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude
  • s  serving as an essential component

  • 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 & Articles

  • Key level held overnight in the Aussie dollar
    Key level held overnight in the Aussie dollar ( AUD ). Chart shows stab down lower early Tuesday which then held and we rallied early this morning in Sydney. Hearing record short
    June 12, 2013 - Nasdaq
  • Key witness takes stand in Maurice Anthony trial
    Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A key witness pointed her finger at Maurice Anthony in Broome County Court Wednesday, identifying him as the killer of her 21-year-old cousin in 2010.
    June 12, 2013 - WBNG Binghamton
  • 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 ...
    June 12, 2013 - Business Wire

  • Jay Pasachoff in The Associated Press
    The key thing is to have good weather,Pasachoff said.
  • Mari Pangestu in Jakarta Post
    An FTA is usually marked by a reduction in several key tariffs,Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said in Jakarta.
  • Bill Nelson in AFP
    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.

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