Definition of home key in English:

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home key


1 Music The basic key in which a work is written; the tonic key.
Example sentences
  • Something of this sort is even more essential in long movements in binary form, where the simple return to the home key is not enough to bring a work to a satisfactory conclusion.
  • The departures from diatonic home key occur primarily in the piano part.
  • That same imagination in fact falls well short of a full-blooded serialism in which music would be entirely ‘unhomed,’ in which sounds repeat systematically but without reference to a home key.
2A key on a computer or typewriter keyboard that acts as the base position for one’s fingers in touch-typing.
Example sentences
  • Remember to return your fingers to the home keys after each key press.
  • She started on another typing course, but after several sessions was sent back to review the home keys.
  • Now, as a fairly fast touch-typist, I find that having to move my hands from the home keys and then replace them at regular intervals adds a small but annoying increase to the time it takes to type up a document.

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