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Keyed \Keyed\ (k[=e]d), a. Furnished with keys; as, a keyed instrument; also, set to a key, as a tune.

Keyed bugle. See Kent bugle.


vb. (en-past of: key)

  1. adj. so adjusted as to be appropriate or brought into harmony; "an industry not attuned to the demands of the market"; "a remark keyed to the situation"; "charges finely tuned to the amount a student can afford" [syn: attuned, tuned]

  2. fitted with or secured by a key; "a keyed instrument"; "the locks have not yet been keyed" [ant: keyless]

  3. set to a key or tone


Usage examples of "keyed".

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

He was not sleepy now, but energized, keyed up to the brink of some extraordinary effort.

If the finalist in his place was supposed to be Chalaine, the sorcerer chosen to face her should be keyed to her.

Lifting a flashlight from his grommet belt, he thrust it inside the darkened chamber and keyed its beam.

When Johar saw the flash of two aircraft exploding in front of him he keyed his mike.

Keyed up to expect hours of toil, Kydd was surprised to find how relaxed the watch before midnight could be.

A long time later I roused myself, keyed my caller, spoke to the middy on watch.

To his relief, it was the qahsa he sought-the one Nen Yim had keyed him to.

Marcus Rubella, the tribune of the Fourth Cohort of Vigiles, was keyed up to solve the Ostian kidnappings ahead of rival troops.

This is to prevent accidental keying-in of an unkeyed matrix, or to prevent causing suffering to the owner of a keyed one.

Giz explained to me a bit about the matrices, she said they were keyed to individuals.

Molt were tele porting to a point nearby, but he was too keyed up to accept the stress of inaction.

Confident of being warned at need by his hearing, which was normally supersensitive and, when he was engaged as now, keyed to preterhuman acuteness, he went coolly about the business, and at his first step found a portable reading-lamp on a long cord and coolly switched on its hooded light.

He rarely worked with the programming system used by vari-grav controllers, but he recognized a timer series and a subroutine call keyed to the timer reading.

Ferrol keyed the comm laser for a full-intensity unmodulated pulse and set it to tracking the shark, wishing to hell he had some real weaponry to work with.