English dictionary definition of:

key


Noun

  • metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
  • something crucial for explaining
  • pitch of the voice
  • any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
  • a kilogram of a narcotic drug
  • a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple
  • 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)
  • a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida
  • (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
  • a list of answers to a test
  • a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
  • a generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access
  • mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
  • the central building block at the top of an arch or vault
  • a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed

Verb

  • identify as in botany or biology, for example
  • provide with a key
  • vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key
  • regulate the musical pitch of
  • harmonize with or adjust to

Adjective

  • serving as an essential component

Thesaurus

cardinal   cay   central   describe   discover   distinguish   fundamental   headstone   identify   keystone   name   paint   primal   samara   tonality   winder  

Spellzone course content

View spelling list ke and ki words and learn about the word key in the Spellzone English spelling course, Unit 2. Spelling the consonant sounds, Part 1.

View spelling list IT studies - Access and learn about the word key in the Spellzone English spelling course, Unit .

View spelling list -ey words and learn about the word key in the Spellzone English spelling course, Unit 7. Long vowels e.g ee, ea or y? oa, o-e, or ow? u-e, ue, or ew?.

Scrabble score for key


Scrabble score = 10

generated at 16:49:04 on 14-03-20

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