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  1. A leader or conductor of a musical group such as an orchestra.
kazoo Tweet Definition of kazoo Like Definition of kazoo on Facebook
  1. a simple musical instrument consisting of a pipe with a hole in it, producing a buzzing sound when the player hums into it.
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  1. A vessel for boiling water.
To cook pasta, you first need to put the on.
  1. The use of such a vessel for boiling tea.
Stick the on and we'll have a nice cup of tea.
  1. A vessel for boiling any liquid
There's a hot of soup on the stove.
  1. A cooking pot used to steam fish.
  2. The collective noun for a group of airborne hawks.
  3. (context, rail transport, slang) a steam locomotive
kettledrum Tweet Definition of kettledrum Like Definition of kettledrum on Facebook
  1. a large hemispherical brass percussion instrument (one of the timpani) with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting its tension
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  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
  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.
  1. Indispensable.
He is the player for his soccer team.
He is the witness.
  1. Important, salient.
She makes several points
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  1. (past of, key)
keynote Tweet Definition of keynote Like Definition of keynote on Facebook
  1. (Music:) the note on which a musical key is based
  2. the main theme of a speech, a written work, or a conference
  3. a "keynote speech" or "keynote address" is a speech that sets the main theme of a conference or other gathering
key signature Tweet Definition of key signature Like Definition of key signature on Facebook
  1. (music) An indication of the key of a composition, giving the number of sharps or flats in the corresponding scale.
The key signatures of D major and b minor both have two sharps.
KIT Tweet Definition of KIT Like Definition of KIT on Facebook
  1. Keep In Touch
klezmer Tweet Definition of klezmer Like Definition of klezmer on Facebook
noun (pl2=klezmorim)
  1. A Jewish folk musician.
  2. (uncountable) A type of popular Jewish folk music especially associated with Ashkenazi cultures.
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  1. (musici) a Japanese musical instrument having numerous strings, usually seven or thirteen, that are stretched over a convex wooden sounding board and are plucked with three plectra, worn on the thumb, index finger, and middle finger of one hand.

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