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KK Pronunciation

〔 ki 〕


〔 ki: 〕

Overview of noun key

The noun key has 15 senses

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

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

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

  • key, tonality -- (any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music)

  • key -- (a kilogram of a narcotic drug; "they were carrying two keys of heroin")

  • samara, key fruit, key -- (a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple)

  • Key, Francis Scott Key -- (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))

  • key, cay, Florida key -- (a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida)

  • key, paint -- ((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")

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

  • key -- (a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations)

  • key -- (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")

  • winder, key -- (mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock))

  • keystone, key, headstone -- (the central building block at the top of an arch or vault)

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

Overview of verb key

The verb key has 5 senses

  • identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name -- (identify as in botany or biology, for example)

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

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

  • key -- (regulate the musical pitch of)

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

Overview of adj key

The adj key has 1 sense

  • cardinal, central, fundamental, key, primal -- (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")