Definitions for KEYki

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

keyki(n.; adj.; v.)(pl.)keys

  1. (n.)a small metal instrument specially cut to fit into a lock and move its bolt.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. any of various devices functioning as a key:

    the key of a clock.

  3. something that affords a means to achive, master, or understand something else:

    the key to happiness; the key to training a dog.

  4. something that controls entrance to a place:

    Gibraltar is the key to the Mediterranean.

  5. a book or other text containing the solutions or translations of material given elsewhere, as testing exercises.

  6. a systematic explanation of abbreviations, symbols, and the like used in a dictionary, map, etc.: pronunciation key.

    Ref: Compare legend (def. 4). 4

  7. the system, method, pattern, etc., used to decode or decipher a cryptogram.

    Category: Cryptography

  8. one of the buttons on the keyboard of a typewriter, computer, or the like that are pressed to operate the device.

    Category: Computers

  9. (in a keyboard instrument) one of the levers that when depressed by the performer sets in motion the playing mechanism. (on a woodwind instrument) a metal lever that opens and closes a vent. the relationship perceived between all tones in a given unit of music and a single tone or a keynote; tonality. the principal tonality of a composition.

    Category: Music and Dance

  10. tone or pitch, as of voice:

    to speak in a high key.

  11. mood or characteristic style.

  12. degree of intensity, as of feeling or action.

  13. a pin, bolt, wedge, or other piece inserted in a space to lock or hold parts of a mechanism or structure together.

    Category: Machinery

  14. a contrivance for grasping and turning a bolt, nut, etc.

    Category: Machinery

  15. a group of characters that identifies a record in a database or other computer file.

    Category: Computers

  16. a device for opening and closing electrical contacts, as a lever used to produce signals in telegraphy. a hand-operated switching device capable of switching one or more parts of a circuit.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  17. Biol. a systematic tabular classification of the significant characteristics of the members of a group of organisms to facilitate identification and comparison.

    Category: Biology

  18. Archit. a keystone or boss.

    Category: Architecture, Building Trades

  19. a wedge, as for tightening a joint or splitting a stone or timber.

    Category: Building Trades

  20. Category: Sport

    Ref: keyhole (def. 2). 2

  21. the dominant tonal value of a photograph, high key being light tonal value with minimal contrast and low key being generally dark with minimal contrast.

    Category: Photography

  22. Bot. a samara.

    Category: Botany

  23. (adj.)chief; major:

    a key industry; The decision will be key.

  24. (v.t.)to regulate or adjust (actions, thoughts, speech, etc.) to a particular state or activity; bring into conformity.

  25. to provide with a key.

  26. to mark or set (a text, layout, diagram, etc.) with symbols, letters, etc., as to show where certain matter should be inserted or to indicate where more detailed information can be found.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Journalism

  27. to lock with a key.

  28. to provide (an arch or vault) with a keystone.

    Category: Building Trades

  29. to keyboard (data) into a computer (sometimes fol. by in).

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Computers

  30. (v.i.)to use a key.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  31. to keyboard.

    Category: Computers

  32. key (in) on, to single out as important.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Sport

  33. key up, to increase tension in; stimulate.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of key:

bef. 900; ME key(e), kay(e), OE cǣg, cǣge; c. OFris kei, kai

key′less(adj.)

keyki(n.)(pl.)keys.

  1. a reef or low island; cay.

    Category: Geography (terms)

Origin of key:

1690–1700; < Sp cayo, prob. < Arawak

key*ki(n.)(pl.)keys.

  1. a kilogram of marijuana or a narcotic drug.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

* Slang..

Origin of key:

1965–70, Amer.; shortening and resp. of kilogram

Keyki(n.)

  1. Francis Scott, 1780–1843, U.S. lawyer: author of

    The Star-Spangled Banner.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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

  2. key(noun)

    something crucial for explaining

    "the key to development is economic integration"

  3. key(noun)

    pitch of the voice

    "he spoke in a low key"

  4. key, tonality(noun)

    any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music

  5. key(noun)

    a kilogram of a narcotic drug

    "they were carrying two keys of heroin"

  6. samara, key fruit, key(noun)

    a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple

  7. Key, Francis Scott Key(noun)

    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)

  8. key, cay, Florida key(noun)

    a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida

  9. key, paint(noun)

    (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"

  10. key(noun)

    a list of answers to a test

    "some students had stolen the key to the final exam"

  11. key(noun)

    a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations

  12. key(noun)

    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. winder, key(noun)

    mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)

  14. keystone, key, headstone(noun)

    the central building block at the top of an arch or vault

  15. key(adj)

    a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed

  16. cardinal, central, fundamental, key, primal(verb)

    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"

  17. identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name(verb)

    identify as in botany or biology, for example

  18. key(verb)

    provide with a key

    "We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building"

  19. key(verb)

    vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key

    "His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot"

  20. key(verb)

    regulate the musical pitch of

  21. key(verb)

    harmonize with or adjust to

    "key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. key(noun)ki

    a metal object used to open a lock or to start a vehicle

    to turn a key in the lock; the front door key; the keys to the car

  2. keyki

    the most important thing you need to achieve sth

    He believes that the key to building democracies is fighting poverty.

  3. keyki

    one of the parts you press on a computer keyboard

    the Ctrl key

  4. keyki

    one of the parts you press on a piano or similar instrument

    the black keys

  5. keyki

    the description of the symbols on a map

    Look at the key to see what the symbols mean.

  6. keyki

    in music, one of the sets of notes that form the basis of western music

    a song in the key of G

  7. key(verb)ki

    to enter information into a computer

    I'm keying in all the changes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Key(noun)

    an instrument by means of which the bolt of a lock is shot or drawn; usually, a removable metal instrument fitted to the mechanism of a particular lock and operated by turning in its place

  2. Key(noun)

    an instrument which is turned like a key in fastening or adjusting any mechanism; as, a watch key; a bed key, etc

  3. Key(noun)

    that part of an instrument or machine which serves as the means of operating it; as, a telegraph key; the keys of a pianoforte, or of a typewriter

  4. Key(noun)

    a position or condition which affords entrance, control, pr possession, etc.; as, the key of a line of defense; the key of a country; the key of a political situation. Hence, that which serves to unlock, open, discover, or solve something unknown or difficult; as, the key to a riddle; the key to a problem

  5. Key(noun)

    that part of a mechanism which serves to lock up, make fast, or adjust to position

  6. Key(noun)

    a piece of wood used as a wedge

  7. Key(noun)

    the last board of a floor when laid down

  8. Key(noun)

    a keystone

  9. Key(noun)

    that part of the plastering which is forced through between the laths and holds the rest in place

  10. Key(noun)

    a wedge to unite two or more pieces, or adjust their relative position; a cotter; a forelock

  11. Key(noun)

    a bar, pin or wedge, to secure a crank, pulley, coupling, etc., upon a shaft, and prevent relative turning; sometimes holding by friction alone, but more frequently by its resistance to shearing, being usually embedded partly in the shaft and partly in the crank, pulley, etc

  12. Key(noun)

    an indehiscent, one-seeded fruit furnished with a wing, as the fruit of the ash and maple; a samara; -- called also key fruit

  13. Key(noun)

    a family of tones whose regular members are called diatonic tones, and named key tone (or tonic) or one (or eight), mediant or three, dominant or five, subdominant or four, submediant or six, supertonic or two, and subtonic or seven. Chromatic tones are temporary members of a key, under such names as " sharp four," "flat seven," etc. Scales and tunes of every variety are made from the tones of a key

  14. Key(noun)

    the fundamental tone of a movement to which its modulations are referred, and with which it generally begins and ends; keynote

  15. Key(noun)

    fig: The general pitch or tone of a sentence or utterance

  16. Key(verb)

    to fasten or secure firmly; to fasten or tighten with keys or wedges

Freebase

  1. Key

    Key is a Japanese visual novel studio which formed on July 21, 1998 as a brand under the publisher Visual Art'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 ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine to produce the mixed media project Angel Beats!, which was produced into an anime TV series in 2010. 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. Co-founder Jun Maeda is a prominent figure in the brand, he having contributed on 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!.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Key

    A switch adapted for making and breaking contact easily when worked by hand, as a Morse telegraph key.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'KEY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1372

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'KEY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1642

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'KEY' in Nouns Frequency: #658

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'KEY' in Adjectives Frequency: #162


Translations for KEY

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

key(noun)

an instrument or tool by which something (eg a lock or a nut) is turned

Have you the key for this door?

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