Textual thesaurus for "Key"

(adj) cardinal, central, key, primal, fundamental

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

(noun) key

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

(noun) key

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

(noun) key, keystone, headstone

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

(noun) winder, key

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

(noun) key

pitch of the voice

he spoke in a low key

(noun) key

something crucial for explaining

the key to development is economic integration

(noun) 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

(noun) key

a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations

(noun) key

a list of answers to a test

some students had stolen the key to the final exam

(noun) key, tonality

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

(noun) paint, key

(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

(noun) key, cay, Florida key

a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida

(noun) 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)

(noun) key, key fruit, samara

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

(noun) key

a kilogram of a narcotic drug

they were carrying two keys of heroin

(verb) key

harmonize with or adjust to

key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude

(verb) key

regulate the musical pitch of

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

identify as in botany or biology, for example

(verb) key

vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key

His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot

(verb) key

provide with a key

We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building