HyperDic: key

English > 21 senses of the word key / Key:
NOUNartifactkeymetal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
cognitionkeysomething crucial for explaining
attributekeypitch of the voice
communicationkey, tonalityany of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
quantitykeya kilogram of a narcotic drug
plantkey, samara, key fruita winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple
person Key, Francis Scott KeyUnited States lawyer and poet who wrote a poem after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore during the War of 1812
objectkey, cay, Florida keya coral reef off the southern coast of Florida
locationkey, paint(basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court
communicationkeya list of answers to a test
communicationkeya list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
communicationkeya generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access
artifactkey, windermechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
artifactkey, keystone, headstonethe central building block at the top of an arch or vault
artifactkeya lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed
ADJECTIVEallkey, cardinal, central, fundamental, primalserving as an essential component
VERBcognitionkey, identify, discover, key out, distinguish, describe, nameidentify as in botany or biology, for example
possessionkeyprovide with a key
contactkeyvandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key
changekeyregulate the musical pitch of
changekeyharmonize with or adjust to
key / Key > pronunciation
Soundskiy'
Rhymesachy ... yucky: 142 rhymes with kiy...
English > key: 21 senses > adjective 1
MeaningServing as an essential component.
Synonymscardinal, central, fundamental, primal
Broaderimportant, of importOf great significance / significance or value
Spanishbásico, central, elemental, esencial, fundamental, primordial
Catalanbàsic, central, clau, elemental, essencial, fonamental, primordial
English > key: 21 senses > noun 1, artifact
Meaningmetal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated.
PartsbitThe part of a key that enters a lock and lifts the tumblers
shank, stemcylinder forming a long narrow part of something
Narrowerignition keyA key that operates the ignition switch of an automotive engine
latchkeykey for raising or drawing back a latch or opening an outside door
passkey, passe-partout, master key, masterkey that secures entrance everywhere
BroaderdeviceAn instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
Spanishclave, llave
Catalanclau
Verbskeyvandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key
keyprovide with a key
English > key: 21 senses > noun 2, cognition
MeaningSomething crucial for explaining.
Example"the key to development is economic integration"
BroaderexplanationThought that makes something comprehensible
Spanishclave
Catalanclau
English > key: 21 senses > noun 3, attribute
Meaningpitch of the voice.
Example"he spoke in a low key"
BroaderpitchThe property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
Spanishtonalidad, tono
Verbskeyregulate the musical pitch of
English > key: 21 senses > noun 4, communication
MeaningAny of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music.
Synonymtonality
Narrowermajor key, major modeA key whose harmony is based on the major scale
minor key, minor modeA key based on the minor scale
tonic key, home keyThe basic key in which a piece of music is written
Broadermusical notation(music) notation used by musicians / musicians
Oppositeatonality, atonalismThe absence of a key
Spanishllave, tonalidad
Catalantonalitat
Verbskeyregulate the musical pitch of
English > key: 21 senses > noun 5, quantity
MeaningA kilogram of a narcotic drug.
Example"they were carrying two keys of heroin"
Broaderkilogram, kg, kiloOne thousand grams
Usage ofslang, cant, jargon, lingo, argot, patois, vernacularA characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
English > key: 21 senses > noun 6, plant
MeaningA winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple.
Synonymssamara, key fruit
Broaderachenesmall dry indehiscent fruit with the seed distinct from the fruit wall
Spanishsamara, sámara
Catalansamara, sàmara
English > Key: 21 senses > noun 7, person
MeaningUnited 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).
SynonymFrancis Scott Key
Instance oflawyer, attorneyA professional person authorized to practice law
poetA writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)
SpanishFrancis Scott Key
CatalanFrancis Scott Key
English > key: 21 senses > noun 8, object
MeaningA coral reef off the southern coast of Florida.
Synonymscay, Florida key
Part ofFlorida, Sunshine State, Everglade State, FL, Fla.A state in southeastern United States between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico
Broadercoral reefA reef consisting of coral consolidated into limestone
Spanishcayo
English > key: 21 senses > noun 9, location
Meaning(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.
Example"he hit a jump shot from the top of the key"
Synonympaint
Categorybasketball, basketball game, hoopsA game / game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players
Part ofbasketball courtThe court on which basketball is played
Partsfoul lineA line from which basketball players take penalty shots
BroaderspaceAn area reserved for some particular purpose
English > key: 21 senses > noun 10, communication
MeaningA list of answers to a test.
Example"some students had stolen the key to the final exam"
Broaderlist, listingA database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)
English > key: 21 senses > noun 11, communication
MeaningA list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations.
Narrowerkey wordA word that is used as a pattern to decode an encrypted message
Broaderlist, listingA database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)
Spanishclave
Catalanclau
English > key: 21 senses > noun 12, communication
MeaningA generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access.
Example"a safe-deposit box usually requires two keys to open it"
Broaderpositive identificationevidence proving that you are who you say you are
English > key: 21 senses > noun 13, artifact
Meaningmechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock).
Synonymwinder
Narrowerwatch keywinder consisting of a key with a square hole
Broadermechanical devicemechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
English > key: 21 senses > noun 14, artifact
MeaningThe central building block at the top of an arch or vault.
Synonymskeystone, headstone
Part ofarch(architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
Narrowerquoin, coign, coigneThe keystone of an arch
Broaderbuilding blockA block of material used in construction work
Spanishpiedra clave
Catalanpedra clau
English > key: 21 senses > noun 15, artifact
MeaningA lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed.
Member ofkeyboarddevice consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer or the like
Part ofaction, action mechanismThe operating part that transmits power to a mechanism
Narrowerbackspace key, backspace, backspacerThe typewriter key used for back spacing
control key, command key(computer science) the key on a computer keyboard that is used (in combination with some other key) to type control characters
return key, returnThe key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed
shift key, shiftThe key on the typewriter keyboard that shifts from lower-case letters to upper-case letters
space barThe bar-shaped typewriter key that introduces spaces when used
tab key, tabThe key on a typewriter or a word processor that causes a tabulation
telegraph keykey consisting of a lever that sends a telegraph signal when it is depressed and the circuit is closed
BroaderleverA rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum
Spanishinterruptor, tecla
Catalantecla
English > key: 21 senses > verb 1, cognition
Meaningidentify as in botany or biology, for example.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Synonymsidentify, discover, key out, distinguish, describe, name
Entailsclassify, class, sort, assort, sort out, separateArrange or order by classes or categories / categories
Spanishdenominar, describir, descubrir, distinguir, identificar, nombrar
Catalandenominar, descobrir, descriure, identificar
English > key: 21 senses > verb 2, possession
MeaningProvide with a key.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Example"We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building"
Broadersupply, provide, render, furnishGive something useful or necessary to
Spanishdar llaves
Nounskeymetal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
English > key: 21 senses > verb 3, contact
Meaningvandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot"
Broadervandalize, vandaliseDestroy wantonly, as through acts of vandalism
Nounskeymetal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
English > key: 21 senses > verb 4, change
Meaningregulate the musical pitch of.
PatternSomebody ----s something PP
Categorymusic(music) the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds)
Broaderharmonize, harmonise, chordBring into consonance, harmony, or accord while making music or singing
Spanishafinar
Nounskeypitch of the voice
keyany of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
English > key: 21 senses > verb 5, change
Meaningharmonize with or adjust to.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody PP
Example"key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude"
Broaderharmonize, harmonise, reconcileBring into consonance or accord

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