A small piece of shaped metal with incisions cut to fit the wards of a particular lock, and that is inserted into a lock and turned to open or close it
A low-lying island or reef, especially in the Caribbean
(1779–1843), US lawyer and poet. A witness to the successful US defense against the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore in September 1814, he wrote the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry.” The poem was later set to music, renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and, in 1931, adopted as the US national anthem
(B.1961), New Zealand National Party statesman, Prime Minister since 2008; full name John Phillip Key
I put my key in the lock
In (or out of) harmony
A key on a keyboard that when pressed at the same time as another key gives the second key an alternative function
The winged fruit of an ash tree, growing in clusters resembling bunches of keys
(Usually with capital initial) a key on a keyboard which is typically used to move to the bottom of a document being viewed, or to move the cursor to the end of a line of editable text.
A key or a combination of keys providing quick access to a particular function within a program
Mechanics = keyway (now rare).
The part of a key that engages with the lever of a lock.
Music a box-like compartment on various musical instruments in which the keys are housed.
A tab or decorative object attached to a key chain or key ring; (now) specifically a tab incorporating a small electronic device for locking and unlocking a vehicle or performing other tasks remotely.
A log which when removed or dislodged enables the loosening of a logjam.
A man who plays a leading or important role in a group, an industry, etc.
A map drawn in bare outline, to simplify the use of a full map
A pin or thin rod used to hold something in place; compare sense A. 12a.
Not elaborate, showy, or intensive; modest or restrained
A tool for gripping or removing nuts.
(Of music or singing) not having the correct tone or pitch; out of tune
A key with a solid stem.
she conducted a low-key campaign
an off-key rendition of a popular hymn
Any one of four keys on a computer or other electronic keyboard which are marked with an arrow or arrow-head and move the cursor around the screen in the direction indicated by the arrow.
A computer game facility which enables users to avoid detection when playing at work by displaying a spreadsheet or other fake display when a certain key is pressed
A small metal device for tightening the chuck of a drill so that it holds the drill bit securely
A pattern of interlocking right-angled spirals
A button on a computer keyboard or telephone keypad that is marked with a # sign
A button on a mobile phone, computer keyboard, or other electronic device that, when pressed, gives assistance to the user in the form of displayed instructions
Having a predominance of light or bright tones
The basic key in which a work is written; the tonic key
Originally: a band of leather, fabric, metal, etc., for carrying keys and keeping them together. Later chiefly: a band or strap holding the key for a locker at a swimming pool, sports centre, etc., typically worn round the wrist or ankle.
A block placed at the summit of an arch or other structure, locking the whole together; a keystone.
A bolt which is secured by a key or cotter, rather than by a thread and nut.
The clavicle (now rare).
A bugle fitted with keys to increase the range of sounds it can produce.
A small plastic card that can be used instead of a door key, bearing magnetically encoded data that can be read and processed by an electronic device
A chord having a keynote as its root; = tonic chord.
A piece of wood tied to a key to prevent it from being easily lost.
The unique identifying code number given to a particular cut or design for a key.
Extremely cold; devoid of heat (sometimes with connotations of death). Compare stone-cold. In later use chiefly literary.
A white-tailed deer of the small subspecies Odocoileus virginianus clavium, confined to the Florida Keys and now endangered.
A case enclosing the keys and stops of an organ; = console.
(Especially in a hotel) a secure box in which keys can be deposited in the absence of a member of staff.
A field or set of fields in a database which constitutes a unique identifier for a record.
A thin flat file for filing incisions in keys; a warding file.
The person in a film crew who is in charge of the camera equipment
A resort island off the southern coast of Florida, the northernmost and the longest of the Florida Keys
The main source of light in a photograph or film