Complete Definition of "key"

English

Etymology 1
Old English cæg|cǣġ.

Pronunciation
kÄ, /kiË/, /ki:
audio|en-us-key.ogg|Audio (US)
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-iË|-iË

Homophones
cay (one pronunciation), quay

Noun
en-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 key to solving this problem...
#: the key to winning this game

  1. A guide explaining the symbols or terminology of a map or chart.

#: The key 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 key.

  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 key 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 key.

  1. slang: kilogram

Translations

trans-top|device designed to open and close a lock
Albanian: çelës m
Bosnian: kljuÄ#Bosnian|kljuÄ m
Breton: alhwez m
Catalan: clau f
Croatian: kljuÄ#Croatian|kljuÄ m
Czech: klÃ­Ä m
Danish: nøgle c
Dutch: sleutel m
Finnish: avain
French: clef f, clé f
Frisian: kaai
Old Frisian: sletel
German: Schlüssel m
Greek: κλειδί (klidi) n
Hebrew: ××¤×ª× (maftekha) m
Hindi: तालॠ(tÄlÄ«) f, à¤à¤¾à¤¬à¥ (ÄÄbÄ«) f
Hungarian: kulcs
Indonesian: kunci
Italian: chiave f
Japanese: éµ (ãã, kagi)
Kurdish: kilîl m, kilîd m, mift m, enextar m, KUchar|Ú©ÙÛÙ
Latin: clavis f
trans-mid
Lithuanian: raktas m
Mongolian: ÑүлÑÒ¯Ò¯Ñ (tülhüür)
Norwegian: nøkkel m
Occitan: clau f
Old English: cæg|cǣġ f
Persian: FAchar|Ú©ÙÛد (keleed)
Polish: klucz m
Portuguese: chave f
Romanian: cheie f
Russian: клÑÑ (kljuÄ) m
Serbian:

Slovene: kljuÄ m
Spanish: llave f
Swahili: ufunguo, funguo pl (noun 11/14)
Swedish: nyckel c
Tamazight: âµâ´°âµâ´°âµâµâµ (tasarut) f
Urdu: URchar|تاÙÛ (tÄlÄ«) f, URchar|ÚØ§Ø¨Û (ÄÄbÄ«) f
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trans-top|object used to maintain the orientation between two others
trans-mid
Russian: Ñека (Äeká) f, Ñпонка (Å¡pónka) f, клин (klin) m
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trans-top|crucial step
Finnish: avain
French: clef f, clé f
German: Schlüssel m
Greek: καίÏÎ¹Î¿Ï (kerios) m, ζÏÏικÏÏ (zotikos) m, βαÏικÏÏ (vasikos) m, νεÏÏαλγικÏÏ (nevralgikos) m
Hungarian: kulcs
Japanese éµ (ãã, kagi)
trans-mid
Portuguese: segredo m
Russian: клÑÑ (kljuÄ) m
Spanish: clave f
Swedish: nyckel c
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trans-top|button on a typewriter or computer keyboard
Czech: klávesa f
Danish: tast c
Dutch: toets m
Finnish: näppäin
Frisian: kaai, toets
French: touche f
German: Taste f
Greek: ÏλήκÏÏο (pliktro) n
Hebrew: ×קש (makash) m
Hungarian: billentyű
Italian: tasto m
Japanese ã­ã¼ (kÄ«)
Lithuanian: klavišas m
trans-mid
Norwegian<!--do not wikify-->: tast m
Persian: FAchar|Ú©ÙÛد (keleed)
Polish: klawisz m
Portuguese: tecla f
Russian: клавиÑа (kláviÅ¡a) f
Slovene: tipka f
Spanish: tecla f
Swedish: tangent, knapp c
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trans-top|part of a piano or musical keyboard
Czech: klávesa f
Danish: tangent c
Dutch: toets m
Finnish: kosketin
French: touche f
German: Taste f
Greek: ÏλήκÏÏο (pliktro) n
Hebrew: ק××× (kalíd) m
Italian: tasto m
Japanese éµ (ãã ken)
trans-mid
Lithuanian: klavišas m
Norwegian<!--do not wikify-->: tangent m
Persian: FAchar|Ú©ÙÛد (keleed)
Polish: klawisz m
Russian: клавиÑа (kláviÅ¡a) f
Slovene: tipka f
Spanish: tecla f
Swedish: tangent c
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trans-top|scale of musical notes
Czech: tónina f
Danish: nøgle c
Dutch: toonladder f
Finnish: sävellaji
French: clef f, clé f
German: Tonart f
Greek: κλειδί (klidi) n
Hebrew: ××¤×ª× (maftekha) m
trans-mid
Hungarian: hangnem
Japanese 調 (ã¡ãã, chÅ)
Persian: FAchar|Ú©ÙÛد (keleed)
Portuguese: clave f
Russian: ÑоналÑноÑÑÑ (tonálânostâ) f; лад (lad) m
Spanish: clave f
Swedish: tonart c
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trans-top|device used to transmit Morse code
Finnish: avain, morseavain
German: Taste f ?
trans-mid
Swedish: nyckel c, morsenyckel c
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trans-top|cryptography: piece of information used to encode or decode
Czech: klÃ­Ä m
Danish: nøgle c
Dutch: sleutel m
Finnish: avain, salakirjoitusavain
French: clef f, clé f
Frisian: kaai
German: Schlüssel m
Greek: κλειδί (klidi) n, ÏαÏακÏήÏÎ±Ï Î±Î½Î±Î³Î½ÏÏιÏÎ·Ï Î´ÎµÎ´Î¿Î¼Î­Î½Ïν (kharaktiras anagnorisis dedomenon) m
Hebrew: ××¤×ª× (maftekha) m
Hungarian: kulcs
trans-mid
Lithuanian: raktas m
Norwegian<!--do not wikify-->: nøkkel m
Persian: FAchar|Ú©ÙÛد (keleed)
Portuguese: chave f
Russian: клÑÑ (kljuÄ) m
Slovene: kljuÄ m
Spanish: clave f
Swedish: nyckel c
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trans-top|computing: field of a database constrained to be unique
Czech: klÃ­Ä m
Danish: nøgle c
Finnish: avain, avainkenttä
French: clef f, clé f
Frisian: kaai
German: Schlüssel m
trans-mid
Portuguese: chave f
Russian: клÑÑ (kljuÄ) m
Spanish: clave f
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trans-top|computing: field in a record used as a search argument
Danish: nøgle c
Finnish: avain, avainkenttä
French: clef f, clé f
German: Schlüssel m
Hebrew: ××¤×ª× (maftekha) m
trans-mid
Portuguese: chave f
Russian: клÑÑ (kljuÄ) m
Spanish: clave f
Swedish: nyckel c
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trans-top|computing: value uniquely identifying entry in associative array
Czech: klÃ­Ä m
Danish: nøgle c
Finnish: avain
French: clef f, clé f
German: Schlüssel m
trans-mid
Hebrew: ××¤×ª× (maftekha) m
Hungarian: kulcs
Russian: клÑÑ (kljuÄ) m
Swedish: nyckel c
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trans-top|in basketball
trans-mid
Portuguese: garrafão f
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trans-top|small guide explaining symbols or terminology
Danish: signaturforklaring c, nøgle c
Finnish: selite, merkkienselite
French: légende f
German: Zeichenerklärung f, Legende f
trans-mid
Russian: клÑÑ (kljuÄ) m
Spanish: clave f
Swedish: nyckel c
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Translations to be checked
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ttbc|Bulgarian: клÑÑ (kljuÄ) m (1, 5), ÐºÐ»Ð°Ð²Ð¸Ñ (klaviÅ¡) m (3, 4)
ttbc|Hungarian: kulcs (1), billentyű (3, 4)
ttbc|Persian: FAchar|Ú©ÙÛد (kelid)
ttbc|Romanian: cheie f (1), tastÄ f (3)
ttbc|Slovak: kÄ¾ÃºÄ m (1, 5), kláves m (3, 4)

Adjective
en-adj

  1. Indispensable.

#: He is the key player for his soccer team.
#: He is the key witness.

  1. Important, salient.

#: She makes several key points

Translations
trans-top|indispensable
trans-mid
Russian: клÑÑевой (kljuÄevój)
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trans-top|important
Gaelic: prìomh
trans-mid
Russian: Ñзловой (uzlovój), ÑÑеÑжневой (steržnevój); ведÑÑий (vedúšÄij)
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Verb
en-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 key 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.

Translations
trans-top|fit (a lock) with a key
trans-mid
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trans-top|fit (pieces of a mechanical assembly) with a key
trans-mid
trans-bottom

trans-top|telegraphy: depress (a telegraph key)
trans-mid
trans-bottom

trans-top|radio: operate (transmitter switch of a two-way radio)
trans-mid
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trans-top|computing: enter (information)
Finnish: syöttää, näppäillä, kirjoittaa
trans-mid
Portuguese: digitar
Russian: вводиÑÑ (vvodítâ)
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Derived terms
keyboard
keycard
keychain
keyhole
keynote
keypad
keystone
keystroke
keyword
key in
key off
key signature
public-key cryptography
skeleton key

See also
clef
scale

Etymology 2
Variant of cay, from Spanish cayo.

Noun
en-noun

  1. (also cay) One of a string of small islands.

#: "the Florida Keys"

Translations
trans-top|small island
Lithuanian: approxim. salelÄ f
trans-mid
Spanish: cayo m
Swedish: approx. skär n
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Category:1000 English basic words


Kurdish

Soranî Kurdish
rfc-header|Soranî Kurdish

Adverb
key

  1. when

ar:key
el:key
es:key
fa:key
fr:key
fy:key
io:key
id:key
it:key
kk:key
ku:key
lt:key
hu:key
nl:key
ug:key
pl:key
ru:key
simple:key
sr:key
fi:key
sv:key
ta:key
te:key
vi:key
tr:key
uk:key
zh:key

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