Definition of KEYS

noun : KEYS

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated ;

  • 2. (

    ) something crucial for explaining; "the key to development is economic integration" ;

  • 3. (

    ) pitch of the voice; "he spoke in a low key" ;

  • 4. (

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

  • 5. (

    ) a kilogram of a narcotic drug; "they were carrying two keys of heroin" ;

  • 7. (

    ) 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) ;

  • 9. (

    ) (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. (

    ) a list of answers to a test; "some students had stolen the key to the final exam" ;

  • 11. (

    ) a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations ;

  • 12. (

    ) 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. (

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

  • 15. (

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

verb : KEYS

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 2. (

    ) provide with a key; "We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building" ;

  • 3. (

    ) vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key; "His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot" ;

  • 4. (

    ) regulate the musical pitch of ;

  • 5. (

    ) harmonize with or adjust to; "key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude" ;

Adjective : KEYS

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) 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" ;


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