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noun (plural: kerfs)
  1. a groove or slit in a material caused by cutting; an incision
  • 1999: They pass through a cleft that has been made across a low range of hills, like a in the top of a log, and enter into a lovely territory of subtly swelling emerald green fields strewn randomly with small white capsules that he takes to be sheep. " Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
key Tweet Definition of key Like Definition of key on Facebook
noun
  1. An object designed to open and close a lock.
  2. An object designed to fit between two other objects (such as a shaft and a wheel) in a mechanism and maintain the orientation between them.
  3. A crucial step or requirement.
the to solving this problem...
the to winning this game
  1. A guide explaining the symbols or terminology of a map or chart.
The says that A stands for the accounting department.
  1. One of several small, usually square buttons on a typewriter or computer keyboard, most of which generally correspond to a particular character.
Press the Escape .
  1. One of a number of rectangular moving parts on a piano or musical keyboard, each causing a particular sound or note to be produced.
  2. One of various levers on a musical instrument used to select notes, such as a lever opening a hole on a woodwind.
  3. (music) A hierarchical scale of musical notes on which a composition is based
the of B-flat major
  1. A device used to transmit Morse code.
  2. (cryptography) A piece of information (e.g. a passphrase) used to encode or decode a message or messages.
  3. (computing): In a database, a field of a relation constrained to be unique.
  4. (computing): In a database, a field in a record that is used as a search argument (but is not necessarily unique).
  5. (computing): A value that uniquely identifies an entry in an associative array.
  6. (basketball): The free-throw lane together with the circle surrounding the freethrow line, the freethrow lane having formerly been narrower, giving the area the shape of a skeleton key hole.
He shoots from the top of the .
  1. (slang): kilogram
verb
  1. To fit (a lock) with a key.
  2. To fit (pieces of a mechanical assembly) with a key to maintain the orientation between them.
  3. (telegraphy and radio telegraphy) To depress (a telegraph key).
  4. (radio) To operate (the transmitter switch of a two-way radio).
  5. (computing): (more usually to key in) To enter (information) by typing on a keyboard or keypad.
Our instructor told us to in our user IDs.
  1. (colloquial) To use a key as a tool of convenience.
He keyed the car that had taken his parking spot.
adjective
  1. Indispensable.
He is the player for his soccer team.
He is the witness.
  1. Important, salient.
She makes several points
keyhole Tweet Definition of keyhole Like Definition of keyhole on Facebook
noun
  1. The hole in a lock where the key is inserted and turns
keystone Tweet Definition of keystone Like Definition of keystone on Facebook
noun
  1. (architecture) The top stone of an arch.
knee Tweet Definition of knee Like Definition of knee on Facebook
noun
  1. In humans, the joint in the middle part of the leg.
Jessica was wearing shorts, so she skinned her exposed knees when she fell.
  1. (skeleton) The joint, or region of the joint, between the thigh and leg.
  2. (anatomy) In the horse and allied animals, the carpal joint, corresponding to the wrist in humans.
  3. (shipbuilding) A piece of timber or metal formed with an angle somewhat in the shape of the human knee when bent.
Quotations
  • 1980: Deck beams were supported by hanging knees, triangular pieces of wood typically found underneath the timbers they are designed to support, but in this case found above them. — Richard W. Unger, The Ship in the Medieval Economy 600-1600, page 41.
    1. An act of kneel, kneeling, especially to show respect or courtesy.
Give them title, knee, and approbation. Shak.
  1. Any knee-shaped item or sharp angle in a line, "the knee of a graph", an inflection point
knob Tweet Definition of knob Like Definition of knob on Facebook
noun
  1. A rounded protuberance, handle, or control switch.
  2. (geography) A prominent rounded hill.
  3. A rounded ornament on the hilt of an edged weapon; a pommel.
  4. (slang) The penis.
  5. (slang) (pejorative) A contemptible person.
verb (knobs, knobbing, knobbed, knobbed)
  1. (slang) To have sex with.
knobble Tweet Definition of knobble Like Definition of knobble on Facebook
noun (pluralknobbles)
  1. A small knob.
knockdown Tweet Definition of knockdown Like Definition of knockdown on Facebook
noun
  1. An act of knocking down or the condition of being knocked down.
  2. An overwhelming blow.
  3. (genetics) A genetically modified organism that carries one or more genes in its chromosomes that has been made less active or had its expression reduced.
  4. (genetics) The use of a reagent such as an oligonucleotide with sequence complementary to an active gene or its mRNA transcript, to interfere with the expression of said gene.
  5. (nautical) The condition of a sailboat being pushed abruptly to horizontal, with the mast parallel to the water surface.
adjective
  1. powerful enough to overwhelm or knock down
  2. reduced in price
knuckle Tweet Definition of knuckle Like Definition of knuckle on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of the joints between the bones of the fingers.
  2. By extension of (1) a mechanical joint.
  3. A cut of meat.
  4. (context, sports, billiards, snooker, pool) The curved part of the cushion at the entrance to the pockets on a cue sports table.

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