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" Synonyms: cardinal, central, fundamental, primal,
harmonize with or adjust to; "key one''s actions to the voters'' prevailing attitude"
vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key; "His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot"
provide with a key; "We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building"
metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock''s mechanism can be rotated
a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed
the central building block at the top of an arch or vault Synonyms: keystone, headstone,
mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock) Synonyms: winder,
pitch of the voice; "he spoke in a low key"
something crucial for explaining; "the key to development is economic integration"
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"
a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
a list of answers to a test; "some students had stolen the key to the final exam"
any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music Synonyms: tonality,
(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" Synonyms: paint,
a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida Synonyms: cay, Florida key,
a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple Synonyms: samara, key fruit,
a kilogram of a narcotic drug; "they were carrying two keys of heroin"