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a bunch of keys
▪ A bunch of keys dangled from his belt.
a car door/engine/key etc
▪ She left the car engine running.
a door key
▪ She was looking in her bag for her door key.
a key aspect (=a very important aspect)
▪ There have been changes in five key aspects of education.
a key element (=very important and necessary)
▪ Trust is a key element in any relationship.
a key feature (=a very important or necessary feature)
▪ Private ownership is a key feature of capitalism.
a key objective (= a very important objective)
▪ Their economic strategy was based on a number of key objectives.
a key sector (=a very important one)
▪ They identified cars and electronics as key sectors in the economy.
a key witness (=a very important witness)
▪ Rupert is expected to be a key witness at the trial.
a key/central role
▪ The report recognized the key role of teachers.
a key/central/important concept
▪ The title tells you something about the central concept of the poem.
a key/crucial factor (=a very important factor)
▪ A key factor in a company’s success is knowing its customers.
a key/major/big issue (=very important)
▪ For me, the big issue is cost.
a major/dominant/key etc player
▪ a firm that is a dominant player on Wall Street
Allen key
control key
forget your keys/money/cigarettes etc
▪ Oh no, I’ve forgotten my wallet.
function key
hex key
hot key
key card
key chain
key personnel
▪ Many of the key personnel have left.
key ring
key signature
keyed up
▪ Travis was keyed up at the thought of seeing Rosie again.
key/major/important etc component
▪ Exercise is one of the key components of a healthy lifestyle.
master key
pound key
shift key
skeleton key
tab key
the basic/key facts
▪ The report outlines the basic facts concerning the case.
turn the handle/knob/key/tap etc
▪ She gently turned the handle of the bedroom door.
▪ From the early 1960s the party had seen the issue of civil liberties as a key area of agitation.
▪ The other key area would appear to be the line-out laws.
▪ Recruitment has, to a large extent, centred on the key areas of sales and research staff.
▪ These are key areas for attention which are highlighted in the project management literature.
▪ Thus, in the key area of economic policy, despite an occasional victory, Carter achieved little.
▪ We have also tightened up our management in other key areas of milk production.
▪ We were delighted yesterday to obtain the agreement of the manufacturers to concentrate on these three key areas.
▪ That must include long-term investment in key areas of training, education, research and development, and transport.
▪ A key aspect of this part of the mix is the life-cycle of the product.
▪ The indifference to occupational type is a key aspect of this definition.
▪ This is a key aspect of the refugee question which has so far received inadequate attention.
▪ Another key aspect of the new courses has been the building in of planned linkages to degree provision.
▪ In this context, let us remind ourselves of the key aspects of their position.
▪ Instead, we concentrate upon some key components and examples, which serve to illustrate the issues and problems involved.
▪ The lineup appears to be strong from top to bottom, but all the players know Bagwell is the key component.
▪ Transport is usually considered as the key component of the provision of social overhead capital.
▪ The key component was Thompson Seedless, which also are consumed as table grapes, raisins and grape concentrate.
▪ Its key components include a graphical user interface builder, database access, reusable application framework and cross-platform portability, it says.
▪ Rockwell not only built the space shuttle but constructed key components for the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs of the 1960s.
▪ The key component of Karpov's strategy, challenging Black's only well placed piece.
▪ Instead they turned up on site with stone panels missing and without many of these key components.
▪ This should involve making all key decisions and even moving into your office during your absence.
▪ That means, as usual, the key decisions will be made in the September primary election.
▪ It is there that key decisions are made.
▪ The Cabinet, chaired by the prime minister, is the key decision making body within the government.
▪ End of the road Quickly and sensibly, Joe found the key decision-makers and talked with them.
▪ Your chance to make up your own mind about what key decision makers are saying by listening to them in full.
▪ The allocation of the increment becomes the key decision. 2.
▪ Nevertheless, the key decisions about resources for the social policy sector will be regarded as economic policy decisions.
▪ Trade unionism became a key element in national solidarity and social education.
▪ The key element, however, is not the ardor of the reformers.
▪ So this week we highlight the key elements of a typical mortgage endowment policy statement.
▪ Francis noted that strong profit margins and a committed, rock-solid management team were the key elements for a successful start-up.
▪ But a key element remained the considerable filial loyalty the catholic nationalists showed towards their clergy, bishops, and Popes.
▪ Water is a key element in the ley system.
▪ The two key elements are space and timing.
▪ The remainder of the course involves a practical exercise which demonstrates the benefits of improving these key elements.
▪ Confidence is a key factor in any football situation.
▪ And perhaps even more important, Steinberg and his colleagues sought the key factors in the lives of students who did achieve.
▪ The key factor in this decision will invariably be money.
▪ However, the key factor will be whether the president puts campaign finance reform high on his agenda for next year.
▪ It seems possible, therefore, that financial managers should be involved in the identification and analysis of those key factors.
▪ The key factor in making better decisions is a careful analysis of what an organization believes about itself and its environment.
▪ There are four key factors which illustrate the point.
▪ Bandwidth and attenuation are the key factors.
▪ This latter award reminds me of a key feature of being the best and that is teamwork.
▪ Research Areas Learning constitutes one of the key features of a neural network.
▪ There are some registry subsystems that contain key features of expert systems.
▪ A key feature of the module is that the programme should reflect activities and contexts which the student values and has chosen.
▪ Indeed, one of the key features of the Nottinghamshire initiative was that it occurred in somewhat of a policy vacuum.
▪ The key feature of the methodology is the use of comparisons of related texts to reveal sociologically significant textual features.
▪ The following lists some key features of the new qualifications.
▪ Some key features of Durkheim's argument can be isolated.
▪ Lucia Walker is one of the key figures in the development of contact improvisation in this country.
▪ The ruling brings together key figures in two other notorious Los Angeles criminal cases.
▪ The formal decision was taken in January 1947 by Attlee, Bevin and a handful of other key figures.
▪ For Wilson, as both she and Branson were acutely aware, was a key figure in Virgin's defence.
▪ He is alleged to have been a key figure in virtually all aspects of the Guinness affair.
▪ The key figure here is the number of seeks per access.
▪ Four key figures who will have varied feelings during Tuesday night's Essex Senior Cup final.
▪ On Dec. 10 Lubys announced the key members of his new government.
▪ Mark and Loi were the key members.
▪ A cordon of armour was parked around newspapers and broadcasting stations, and key members of the previous administration were arrested.
▪ He was always zealous in good works, always regular at worship and a key member of the church.
▪ Since then, Lake has said it was a mistake to not inform key members of Congress of the decision.
▪ Devon lost the services of Peter Roebuck just as he was becoming a key member of their side.
▪ And the team must always include the disabled person in question, besides key members of the family and friends.
▪ Reviewing Reviewing plays a key part in the process of learning from experience.
▪ Project work and its practical application forms a key part of the programme.
▪ The sales forecast is a key part of the company's plans.
▪ The long-awaited report has been a key part of the couple's bitter custody battle.
▪ The key part of her proposition, furthermore, is the Creole part.
▪ It is frequently seen in tumours and may play a key part in the kinetics of tumour growth.
▪ Public Relations is a key part of an infill project.
▪ Non-verbal behaviours also play a key part.
▪ Dale Baker and David Gibson are now key players in Bright's new look side, both made 70's.
▪ Principals are key players and are encouraged to take the lead to ensure that identification procedures are implemented.
▪ Northampton, too, were missing key players, going down by five tries to a consolation one.
▪ In the 1930s, they were key players in lettuce strikes in Salinas.
▪ We are also key players in a cosmic struggle.
▪ A half-dozen key players have been there.
▪ Resignations followed and several key players in the hip-hop wars became un-persons.
▪ The series dramatized the struggle by portraying the key players on both sides and probing their motives and strategies.
▪ What are the key points in the extract?
▪ But the 14-member committee, led by former Housing Secretary Jack Kemp, was vague on several key points.
▪ Are you a fast reader with the ability to retain the key points?
▪ And she found herself at key points in her relationship yelling at her financially ambitious partner because they had such different aspirations.
▪ Policies emerge that are not merely compromises but also remain obscure on key points of implementation.
▪ Stones become important symbols for Karlin at key points throughout the book.
▪ The final key point about these analyses are their emphasis on broader social change.
▪ The key point is that the level of output depends directly upon total or aggregate expenditures.
▪ In most modern societies, parties have key positions on economic and social issues or on constitutional matters.
▪ In any graphics system the object to be animated is first drawn on paper in a number of key positions.
▪ Display maps at the key positions should remove this problem.
▪ This is a key position to learn to cure thinned shots.
▪ How are they going to fill key positions to perpetuate growth?
▪ Would you give them a key position of accountability in your team?
▪ Hongkong Bank is moving fast to consolidate its acquisition and is appointing senior executives to many of the key positions.
▪ Fluoride can be harmful; the key question is, at what concentrations does it become toxic in the body?
▪ The key question is, of course, how much inequality can government prevent before the too-much limit is reached.
▪ A key question is whether firms should be able to decide which regulatory body to join.
▪ The key question has become how information is organized, who has access to it, and why.
▪ But this begs the key questions.
▪ These are the key questions to be asked about reciprocity within families, both historical and contemporary.
▪ Indeed, the key question is whether the organization serves or squashes the human spirit.
▪ The tokens are swapped for Guinness T shirts, key rings, vouchers and customised prizes.
▪ She rummaged in her handbag for the key on its wooden key ring and tried to fit it into the lock.
▪ He had to fumble in it for some seconds before his fingers found the key ring.
▪ Interestingly, the use of key rings is confined solely to the Roman period.
▪ Sebastian Nocon got a huge key ring with the letter S on it from Fergie.
▪ Other good features include a spare bulb in the tail cap and a useful key ring facility.
▪ The project high-lighted the key role of the expert advisors which are used by farm managers in undertaking their roles.
▪ Those visiting the current exhibit will learn that black churches and their leaders played key roles in local history.
▪ A score was assigned for a given profile, and computer facilities played a key role in the development of this area.
▪ But analysts said politics and public sentiment almost certainly played key roles.
▪ Poulantzas' explanation gives a key role to the relation between the capitalist state and capitalist ideology.
▪ And then midway through the second-half he played a key role in Brian Strain's vital winner.
▪ Luck has always played a key role in doing the pools, but half the fun was thinking that skill mattered.
▪ This highlights the key role played by the perfect capital market assumption.
▪ And Graham Gooch's first lieutenant Stewart, the Surrey skipper, will be a key witness at a committee of inquiry.
▪ Most of the key witnesses have long since skipped the country.
▪ Find a secretary and some key workers, depending on your needs.
▪ As a key worker or a care assistant, you may go to see the person in their own home.
▪ She'd like to see a key worker allocated to each patient and families made more fully informed about treatment.
▪ I attend different groups, and I've got a key worker who I see once a week.
▪ Plans for a garden village with houses for key workers were also implemented.
▪ Integrating services - Another set of advantages was the identification of key workers and clarification of their roles.
▪ In some Homes, you may be a key worker, working with perhaps three or four other care assistants.
▪ What is involved in being a key worker?
under lock and key
▪ Oswald's FBI file has been kept under lock and key.
▪ If they had kept me under lock and key from my fifteenth birthday until my twentieth, I might have escaped.
▪ Since then, that length of self-healing cable has been kept under lock and key at the railway inspectorate building at Reading.
▪ Smith's copies have spent the last six days under lock and key at its Dunstable depot.
▪ The older children were no longer kept under lock and key.
▪ Wherever they are kept, they should be out of reach of children and, where appropriate, under lock and key.
▪ With Petersen under lock and key, life for the gumshoes of the Office of Security returned to normal.
▪ Your master should really have kept the book under lock and key.
with/at the touch of a button/key
▪ A customer uses her remote control to shop different channels with the touch of a button.
▪ An oil dispensing massage head dispenses oil at the touch of a button to give a smooth, drag free massage.
▪ At the touch of a button a huge gate opens and I am confined in a small area between fences.
▪ At the touch of a button they can still be made to disappear.
▪ Jet start operates for 30 seconds at the touch of a button.
▪ Letters, words or whole lines can be deleted and new texts inserted at the touch of a button.
▪ Up to ten needles can be operated separately by computer programme producing endless designs and colourways at the touch of a button.
▪ You can add categories and recipes at the touch of a button.
▪ Communication is key for the newspaper team.
▪ Education is likely to be a key issue in the forthcoming election.
▪ He held a key position in the Bush administration.
▪ Laws are key to maintaining an orderly society.
▪ The key person in this project will be the design manager.
▪ the area's key businesses
▪ Transport and communications are key areas of the economy.
▪ We don't have much time, so let's concentrate on the key issues.
▪ A key card numbering the various positions was mounted on the top of the tachistoscope.
▪ A law on salaries which was passed on Dec. 26, 1989, was deemed to be of key importance.
▪ From the early 1960s the party had seen the issue of civil liberties as a key area of agitation.
▪ He would dispose of it and a key item of evidence would be gone for good.
▪ Many of the key terms and debates that take place throughout the book are introduced.
▪ The system comprises three key modules, which are centred on the Network Control System Console.
▪ What are the key leadership skills?
▪ Nightlife is fairly low key, and centres mainly around restaurants and bars, although there is one disco.
▪ We will try to keep it low key.
▪ Any attempt to introduce the sponsor's range of products must be low key.
▪ He prefers khakis and is about as low key and unassuming as they come.
▪ The style of advertisement was both low key, and up-market.
▪ The approach to the tournament should be as low key as possible with changes being made only where absolutely necessary.
▪ According to agent Bill Hamilton, the decision to keep the campaign low key was taken locally.
▪ He was almost sure he had heard another whistle, in a low key, somewhere ahead of him.
▪ Even the car keys or a belt buckle may upset things if placed too close.
▪ This is a man, after all, who leaves his car keys in the front seat with the doors unlocked.
▪ Even as the thought had come Paige had been gathering up her purse and the car keys.
▪ For security, some systems also kill the engine if a person tries to drive the vehicle without the car key.
▪ He asked whether she would mind calling him a cab and she dangled car keys and said she would drive him herself.
▪ A visitor was attempting to lure a squirrel close for a picture by dangling and rattling his car keys.
▪ He reached into his pocket for his car keys.
▪ That night, when I went to bed, I found the registration and car keys on my bed table.
▪ I used my house key, the same as I did yesterday.
▪ Similarly, a domestic iris-scan unit could end the trauma of losing a set of house keys.
▪ As my car and house keys were in the bag we had to change all the locks.
▪ On leaving the field, Mickey found a purse containing four pounds, a pension book and a set of house keys.
▪ A key issue for the food of the future is what we choose to call it.
▪ House and Senate dissension will deepen this year, making it more difficult for consensus to be achieved on key issues.
▪ There are two key issues we can draw from Stein's analysis.
▪ We also came up with a laundry list of key issues that had always been there but never put on the table.
▪ The bill is a key issue, but the congressional situation is tricky.
▪ Another key issue is the use of outside people or companies to perform skilled trades.
▪ A key issue will be whether commanders consulted the prefect, Arnaldo La Barbera, before the raid.
▪ Officials on both sides, however, said they expect few breakthroughs on key issues this week.
▪ Good mediators facilitate the necessary exchange of information and help both parties pinpoint key questions to take to their legal advisers.
▪ A key question lingering is where the investors' money went.
▪ Two key questions still need to be addressed: Do consumers want new services and will they pay for them?
▪ The next key question is, How do we know what to specialize in?
▪ A key question for the court is whether Jackson held his views about Microsoft before he began hearing the case.
▪ The relationship between complexity and organization becomes a key question in trying to simulate the processing of sensory inputs.
▪ A key question in interpretation of the provision: How soon must that use be implemented?
▪ When input is complete you should press the RETURN key.
▪ To print these mail messages, you should press the RETURN key.
▪ There are now two courses of action open to you: Press the RETURN key, or Enter an option number.
▪ After both fields have been completed correctly, the RETURN key should be pressed.
▪ The Return key which denotes the start of the new paragraph can also trigger off other paragraph attributes.
▪ In this case, to exit the option, press the RETURN key again.
▪ If you have inspected all marked messages, you should press the RETURN key.
▪ For single quotes or apostrophes leave out the Shift key.
▪ Then, hold down the Shift key and move the cursor to the end of the block you want selected.
▪ It really is exactly like using the Shift key.
▪ Zoom Control Move mouse over the molecule, hold Shift key, click and hold mouse button and drag.
▪ For punctuation and symbols, use the Shift key.
▪ If this is the value required, the user can move to the next field by pressing the TAB key.
▪ They were entered using the regular Tab key at the tab stops at positions 20 and 40.
▪ If you wish to view the next page, you need only press the TAB key.
▪ If you have marked further messages to inspect, you should now press the TAB key.
▪ When you are ready to start inspecting the mail messages, you should press the TAB key.
▪ The TAB key must be pressed after typing the user name to move to the password field.
▪ Then, hold down the Shift key and move the cursor to the end of the block you want selected.
▪ To delete several characters to the right of the cursor, hold the Del key down.
▪ Zoom Control Move mouse over the molecule, hold Shift key, click and hold mouse button and drag.
▪ Hidden layers hold the key to more complex computations.
▪ That second paradox, I believe, holds the key to the mysteries that still envelop the new regime.
▪ Teachers frequently believe it is the parents who hold the key and that they should do more to help.
▪ Practitioners, to a very large degree, hold the keys to reform.
▪ Privatization could hold the key to upgrading the infrastructure.
▪ Once installed and running, Windows screenshots can be captured to user-defined files merely by pressing the PrintScreen key.
▪ The effects of these keys are cancelled when you press the Enter key.
▪ If you then take the cursor up one line and press the delete key you will have deleted the tab.
▪ You press the Enter key to begin a new paragraph or to insert blank lines in the text.
▪ You can prove this by going back to the start of the paragraph and pressing the Backspace key.
▪ When you press a key on your home system, it is just as if you are pressing the key at work.
▪ But he had provided a double failsafe mechanism for himself in case he accidently pressed the wrong key while accessing the code.
▪ When you know a program you tend to press the correct keys to give commands cleanly and neatly.
▪ Could you reach through a cat-flap to withdraw the door bolts and turn a key left in the lock?
▪ The Woman shut the door and turned the key in the lock.
▪ Marge led Janey to the car and turned the key.
▪ You stand at the iron door to calm yourself then turn the iron key and face the next door.
▪ The debate turns on six key words that constitute its two poles.
▪ Cornelius turned his key in the lock and quietly entered the ancestral home.
▪ He turned the key in the lock, and went in the side door of the old parish hall.
spare key/battery/clothes etc
▪ Carrying spare batteries could be a cheaper option to fast charging and all chargers rely on a power point anyway.
▪ Eventually, the spare key was found and they were released from the clutches of the car.
▪ I'd got no money, no night things, no spare clothes, no bank card.
▪ It may include parts of larger support weapons such as mortars, radio equipment and spare batteries.
▪ Make sure you have a supply of spare batteries too.
▪ Remember that I had always intended to leave spare key with the Twills next door but never got round to it.
▪ Some people take a fully charged spare battery along with them just in case!
▪ Soon she took my visits for granted and I was given the spare key to let myself in the door.
under lock and key
▪ Oswald's FBI file has been kept under lock and key.
▪ If they had kept me under lock and key from my fifteenth birthday until my twentieth, I might have escaped.
▪ Since then, that length of self-healing cable has been kept under lock and key at the railway inspectorate building at Reading.
▪ Smith's copies have spent the last six days under lock and key at its Dunstable depot.
▪ The older children were no longer kept under lock and key.
▪ Wherever they are kept, they should be out of reach of children and, where appropriate, under lock and key.
▪ With Petersen under lock and key, life for the gumshoes of the Office of Security returned to normal.
▪ Your master should really have kept the book under lock and key.
with/at the touch of a button/key
▪ A customer uses her remote control to shop different channels with the touch of a button.
▪ An oil dispensing massage head dispenses oil at the touch of a button to give a smooth, drag free massage.
▪ At the touch of a button a huge gate opens and I am confined in a small area between fences.
▪ At the touch of a button they can still be made to disappear.
▪ Jet start operates for 30 seconds at the touch of a button.
▪ Letters, words or whole lines can be deleted and new texts inserted at the touch of a button.
▪ Up to ten needles can be operated separately by computer programme producing endless designs and colourways at the touch of a button.
▪ You can add categories and recipes at the touch of a button.
▪ a minor key
▪ Type in your PIN code, then press the ENTER key.
▪ Any set of search keys for a document can be described as a document profile.
▪ My plastic key wouldn't open my hotel room.
▪ Secondly, the computer keyboard has many additional keys which are used to alter the function of the alpha-numeric keys.
▪ Then she saw a little glass table with three legs, and on the top of it was a very small gold key.
▪ These socialist writings showed me the key to my environment.
▪ Rollins keyed a 98-89 victory for the Hawks.
▪ Breaking it, if it can be found, produces the effect of keying out the engram.
▪ But it is also possible that they were keying into an actual human possibility.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Quay \Quay\, n. [F. quai. See Key quay.] A mole, bank, or wharf, formed toward the sea, or at the side of a harbor, river, or other navigable water, for convenience in loading and unloading vessels. [Written also key.]


Cotter \Cot"ter\ (k[o^]t"t[~e]r), n.

  1. A piece of wood or metal, commonly wedge-shaped, used for fastening together parts of a machine or structure. It is driven into an opening through one or all of the parts.

    Note: [See Illust.] In the United States a cotter is commonly called a key.

  2. A toggle.


key \key\, a. Essential; most important; as, the key fact in the inquiry; the president was the key player inthe negotiations.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"metal piece that works a lock," from Old English cæg "key," of unknown origin, with no certain cognates other than Old Frisian kei. Perhaps related to Middle Low German keie "lance, spear" on notion of "tool to cleave with," from Proto-Germanic *ki- "to cleaver, split" (cognates: German Keil "wedge," Gothic us-kijans "come forth," said of seed sprouts, keinan "to germinate"). But Liberman writes, "The original meaning of *kaig-jo- was presumably '*pin with a twisted end.' Words with the root *kai- followed by a consonant meaning 'crooked, bent; twisted' are common only in the North Germanic languages." Modern pronunciation is a northern variant predominating from c.1700; earlier it was often spelled and pronounced kay.\n

\nFigurative sense of "that which serves to open or explain" was in Old English; meaning "that which holds together other parts" is from 1520s. As "answer to a test," it is from chess, short for key move, "first move in a solution to a set problem." Musical sense of "tone, note" is 15c., but modern sense of "scale" is 1580s, probably as a translation of Latin clavis or French clef (see clef; also see keynote). Extended c.1500 to "mechanism on a musical instrument." As a verb meaning "to scratch (a car's paint job) with a key" it is recorded by 1986.


"low island," 1690s, from Spanish cayo "shoal, reef," from Taino cayo "small island;" spelling influenced by Middle English key "wharf" (c.1300), from Old French kai "sand bank" (see quay).


Etymology 1

  1. 1 indispensable, supremely important. 2 important, salient. n. An object designed to open and close a lock. v

  2. 1 To fit (a lock) with a key. 2 To fit (pieces of a mechanical assembly) with a key to maintain the orientation between them. 3 To mark or indicate with a symbol indicating membership in a class. 4 (context telegraphy and radio telegraphy English) To depress (a telegraph key). 5 (context radio English) To operate (the transmitter switch of a two-way radio). 6 (context computing English) (''more usually'' '''to key in''') To enter (information) by typing on a keyboard or keypad. 7 (context colloquial English) To vandalize (a car, et

  3. ) by scratching with an implement such as a key. 8 To link (as one might do with a key or legend). 9 (context intransitive biology chiefly taxonomy English) To be identified as a certain taxon when using a key. 10 To fasten or secure firmly; to fasten or tighten with keys or wedges. Etymology 2

    alt. One of a string of small islands. n. One of a string of small islands. Etymology 3

    n. (alternative form of quay English)

  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. something crucial for explaining; "the key to development is economic integration"

  3. pitch of the voice; "he spoke in a low key"

  4. any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music [syn: tonality] [ant: atonality]

  5. a kilogram of a narcotic drug; "they were carrying two keys of heroin"

  6. a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple [syn: samara, key fruit]

  7. 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) [syn: Francis Scott Key]

  8. a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida [syn: cay, Florida keys]

  9. (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"; "he dominates play in the paint" [syn: paint]

  10. a list of answers to a test; "some students had stolen the key to the final exam"

  11. a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations

  12. 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"

  13. mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock) [syn: winder]

  14. the central building block at the top of an arch or vault [syn: keystone, headstone]

  15. a lever that actuates a mechanism when depressed

  1. adj. serving as an essential component; "a cardinal rule"; "the central cause of the problem"; "an example that was fundamental to the argument"; "computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure" [syn: cardinal, central, fundamental, primal]

  2. effective; producing a desired effect; "the operative word" [syn: operative]

  1. v. identify as in botany or biology, for example [syn: identify, discover, key out, distinguish, describe, name]

  2. provide with a key; "We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building"

  3. vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key; "His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot"

  4. regulate the musical pitch of

  5. harmonize with or adjust to; "key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude"

Key (cryptography)

In cryptography, a key is a piece of information (a parameter) that determines the functional output of a cryptographic algorithm. For encryption algorithms, a key specifies the transformation of plaintext into ciphertext, and vice versa for decryption algorithms. Keys also specify transformations in other cryptographic algorithms, such as digital signature schemes and message authentication codes.


The KeY tool is used in formal verification of Java programs. It accepts specifications written in the Java Modeling Language to Java source files. These are transformed into theorems of dynamic logic and then compared against program semantics that are likewise defined in terms of dynamic logic. KeY is significantly powerful in that it supports both interactive (i.e. by hand) and fully automated correctness proofs. Failed proof attempts can be used for a more efficient debugging or verification-based testing. There have been several extensions to KeY in order to apply it to the verification of C programs or hybrid systems. KeY is jointly developed by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany; Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany; and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden and is licensed under the GPL.

Key (music)

In music theory, the key of a piece is a group of pitches, or scale upon which a music composition is created in classical, Western art, and Western pop music. The group features a tonic note and its corresponding chords, also called a tonic or tonic chord, providing a subjective sense of arrival and rest and also has a unique relationship to the other pitches of the same group, their corresponding chords, and pitches and chords outside the group. Notes and chords other than the tonic in a piece create varying degrees of tension, resolved when the tonic note or chord returns. The key may be in the major or minor mode, although major is assumed in a phrase like "this piece is in C." Popular songs are usually in a key, and so is classical music during the common practice period, circa 1650–1900. Longer pieces in the classical repertoire may have sections in contrasting keys.

Methods that establish the key for a particular piece can be complicated to explain, and vary over music history. However, the chords most often used in a piece in a particular key are those that contain the notes in the corresponding scale, and conventional progressions of these chords, particularly cadences, orient the listener around the tonic.

The key signature is not always a reliable guide to the key of a written piece. It does not discriminate between a major key and its relative minor; the piece may modulate to a different key; if the modulation is brief, it may not involve a change of key signature, being indicated instead with accidentals. Occasionally, a piece in a mode such as Mixolydian or Dorian is written with a major or minor key signature appropriate to the tonic, and accidentals throughout the piece.

Pieces in modes not corresponding to major or minor keys may sometimes be referred to as being in the key of the tonic. A piece using some other type of harmony, resolving e.g. to A, might be described as "in A" to indicate that A is the tonal center of the piece.

An instrument may be said to be "in a key," an unrelated usage referring to the pitches considered "natural" for that instrument. For example, modern trumpets are usually in the key of B, since the notes produced without the use of valves correspond to the harmonic series whose fundamental pitch is B. (Such instruments are said to be transposing when their written notes differ from concert pitch.)

A key relationship is the relationship between keys, measured by common tones and nearness on the circle of fifths. See: closely related key.

Key (instrument)

A key is a specific part of a musical instrument. The purpose and function of the part in question depends on the instrument.

On instruments equipped with tuning machines, violins and guitars, for example, a key is part of a tuning machine. It is a worm gear with a key shaped end used to turn a cog, which, in turn, is attached to a post which winds the string. The key is used to make pitch adjustments to a string.

With other instruments, zithers and drums, for example, a key is essentially a small wrench used to turn a tuning machine or lug.

On woodwind instruments such as a flute or saxophone, keys are finger operated levers used to open or close tone holes, thereby shortening or lengthening the resonating tube of the instrument. The keys on the keyboard of a pipe organ also open and close various valves, but the air flow is driven mechanically rather than lung powered, and the flow of air is directed through different pipes tuned for each note. The keys of an accordion direct the air flow from a manually operated bellows across various tuned vibrating reeds.

On other keyboard instruments, a key may be a lever which mechanically triggers a hammer to strike a group of strings, as on a piano, or an electric switch which energizes an audio oscillator as on an electronic organ or a synthesizer.

Key (comics)

The Key is the name of two fictional supervillains in the DC Comics universe. The most widely known version, the "Modern Age" villain that first appeared in 1965, is a long-time and highly dangerous opponent of the Justice League. The character continues to appear in Justice League and Batman comics, with a ghoulish (rather than human) appearance since 1997.

Key (Son, Ambulance album)

Key is the second full-length from Omaha, NE's Son, Ambulance.

It is the 71st release from Saddle Creek Records.

Key (company)

Key is a Japanese visual novel studio which formed on July 21, 1998 as a brand under the publisher VisualArt's and is located in Kita, Osaka, Japan. Key released their debut visual novel Kanon in June 1999, which combined an elaborate storyline, an up-to-date anime-style drawing style, and a musical score which helped to set the mood for the game. Key's second game Air released in September 2000 had a similar if not more complex storyline to Kanon and a more thorough gameplay. Both Kanon and Air were originally produced as adult games, but Key broke this trend with their third title Clannad which was released in April 2004 for all ages. Key has worked in the past with Interchannel and Prototype for the consumer port releases of the brand's games. Key collaborated with P.A. Works and Aniplex to produce the anime series Angel Beats! (2010) and Charlotte (2015). The brand's ninth game Rewrite was released in June 2011, and a fan disc for the game titled Rewrite Harvest festa! was released in July 2012. The first volume in the six-part Angel Beats! episodic visual novel was released in June 2015. Key will release the kinetic novelHarmonia in 2016.

Co-founder Jun Maeda is a prominent figure in the brand, having contributed to the planning, scenario, and music composition in the majority of Key's visual novels. Itaru Hinoue, also a co-founder, is Key's main artist and was the art director for Key's first three games. Na-Ga, another prominent artist in the brand, mainly worked with background art in earlier games, but with Key's sixth game Little Busters! was given the position of co-art director with Hinoue. Shinji Orito, Key's main composer and another co-founder, has composed music for the majority of Key's titles. Yūto Tonokawa, a scenario writer, first worked on the scenario in Little Busters!.

Key has been an active participant at the Comiket convention since Comiket 57 in December 1999, where they sold Kanon-related products; Key's latest appearance at Comiket was at Comiket 89 in December 2015. In 2001, VisualArt's created the record label Key Sounds Label to release music albums and singles with music related to Key's visual novels. Between December 2007 and August 2010, Key produced an Internet radio show called Key Net Radio in regard to the brand.

Key (lock)

A key is a device that is used to operate a lock (such as to lock or unlock it). A typical key is a small piece of metal consisting of two parts: the blade, which slides into the keyway of the lock and distinguishes between different keys, and the bow, which is left protruding so that torque can be applied by the user. A key is usually intended to operate one specific lock or a small number of locks that are keyed alike, so each lock requires a unique key. The key serves as a security token for access to the locked area; only persons having the correct key can open the lock and gain access.

Keys provide an inexpensive, though imperfect, method of access control for access to physical properties like buildings, vehicles and cupboards or cabinets. As such, keys are an essential feature of modern living, and are common around the world. It is common for people to carry the set of keys they need for their daily activities around with them, often linked by a keyring adorned by trinkets usually known as a keychain.

Key (surname)

Key is a surname, and may refer to:

  • Marquellas key ( September 7)
  • Alexander Key (September 21, 1904 – July 25, 1979), American science fiction writer
  • Bailie Key (b. March 16, 1999) - American artistic gymnast, 2013 National Champion
  • Berthold Wells Key (19 December 1895 – 26 September 1986), British Indian Army officer
  • cEvin Key (b. February 13, 1961), Canadian musician
  • Dana Key (December 30, 1953 – June 6, 2010), American musician
  • David M. Key (January 27, 1824 – February 3, 1900), U.S. Senator from Tennessee
  • David McK. Key (February 4, 1900 – July 15, 1988), diploamat from Tennessee
  • Ellen Key (December 11, 1849 – April 25, 1926), Swedish difference feminist writer
  • Francis Scott Key (August 1, 1779 – January 11, 1843), author of the United States national anthem
  • James L. Key
  • Jimmy Key
  • John Key, current Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • John Ross Key
  • Johnny Key, member of the Arkansas State Senate
  • Kathleen Key
  • Keegan-Michael Key
  • Kelly Key
  • Kristin Key
  • Laurence Key (1895–1971), English cricketer
  • Lieven de Key
  • Philip Key (U.S. politician), a Representative of the State of Maryland in the United States Congress from 1791 to 1792.
  • Philip Barton Key (U.S. politician), a Representative of the State of Maryland in the United States Congress from 1807 to 1812.
  • Philip Barton Key (U.S. District Attorney), murder victim in a controversial nineteenth-century trial
  • Robert Key (cricketer) (born 1979), English cricketer
  • Robert Key (politician) (born 1945), a British politician, the Conservative MP for Salisbury
  • Ryan Key
  • Samuel M. Key
  • Stephanie Key
  • Ted Key
  • Thomas Hewitt Key
  • Tim Key
  • V. O. Key, Jr.
Key (singer)

Kim Ki-bum (born September 23, 1991), better known by his stage name Key, is a South Korean singer and actor. He debuted as a member of the group Shinee in May 2008, and formed the duo Toheart with Nam Woo-hyun in 2014. Key began his acting career in 2011 in the Mnet's series Moon Night '90, playing Lee Hyun Do.

Key (basketball)

The key, officially referred to as the free throw lane by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the restricted area by the international governing body FIBA, and colloquially as the lane or the paint, is an area on a basketball court underneath the basket bounded by the endline, the foul line and other lines which are known as freebody lines, that are usually painted (although unpainted on some courts with painted perimeters). It is a critical area on the court where much of the action takes place in a game.

The key, in all games, starting with FIBA's amendments to its rules in 2010 (to be first implemented after the 2010 FIBA World Championship), is rectangular. Prior to 2006, the key in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments (mostly basketball played outside the United States, and almost all international tournaments including the World Championships and the Olympics) was trapezoidal in shape. Both NBA and FIBA keys are wide, while NCAA keys are narrower at .

The most-commonly enforced rule on the key is the " three seconds rule" in which a player from the offensive team is prohibited from staying on the key for more than three seconds, or else the player's team will lose possession of the ball. Another rule enforced is the lane violation in which players from both teams are prohibited to enter the lane until after the free throw shooter releases the ball from his hands (the shooter is prohibited to enter the key until after the ball hits the rim). An innovation is the introduction of the restricted area arc directly underneath the basket where the defending player cannot force an offensive foul on the opposing player.

Key (engineering)

In mechanical engineering, a key is a machine element used to connect a rotating machine element to a shaft. The key prevents relative rotation between the two parts and may enable torque transmission. For a key to function, the shaft and rotating machine element must have a keyway and a keyseat, which is a slot and pocket in which the key fits. The whole system is called a keyed joint. A keyed joint may allow relative axial movement between the parts.

Commonly keyed components include gears, pulleys, couplings, and washers.

Key (Meredith Monk album)

Key is the debut album of Meredith Monk, released in 1971 through Increase Records.

Key (film)

Key is a 2011 Telugu psychological thriller produced by Sukumar Reddy for Dream Theater Entertainments and directed by Nagendra Prasad. Jagapati Babu plays the lead role, and the music was composed by Vijay Kurakula. The film is a remake of the English film Exam.

Usage examples of "key".

It is another key discovery that the old seers made, but in their aberration they relegated it to oblivion until it was rescued by the new seers.

Scott Velie commenced his prepared speech as he sat, holding in abeyance his moment for rising, which was timed to occur at the delivery of a key sentence halfway into his brief statement.

Or that the Abloy key over there on the board is for the main entrance.

Sure enough, the keys were in the ignition, just like the Scorpion Lady had promised, and I drove out to Phaya Tai Road and cruised up and down it til I finally found the Acme Fertilizer Company.

Jack let himself into the diner with the key that Addle had given him weeks before, wondering how he could have been so stupid.

The yeoman keyed up the proper addressee and transmitted the message by dedicated landline to COMSUBLANT Operations, half a mile away.

The admin office windows were all dark when he arrived, and he realized he did not have a key.

He got them into the admin office, found Stafford a spare key, and gave him a keypad combination card in case he came in after hours when no one was there.

Pavilion Key climbed a tree with her baby and was compelled to let it go adrift from her arms.

We did a mailing to key advertisers, simply looking to create some name recognition.

Also, the key to yellow page advertising is to keep your message distinctive and your budget priorities in place.

As they deposited the key, the man in his shirt-sleeves appeared with an affiche for Mr.

McDermitt and Chief Gerald hurried for the walled-in room aft of the escape trunk--the maneuvering room that was the control for the entire propulsion plant and would be a key space to secure in order to get the Tampa out on its own power.

The communication revolution, seen by sociologists like Baudrillard to be the key constitutive feature of our age, has aggrandized the media to the point where signs have displaced their referents, where images of the Real have usurped the authority of the Real, whence the subject is engulfed by simulacra.

Finished with cycling the air-lock combination, Councillor Albedo tapped at the invisible key in his palm once again.