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key1 British & World English

A small piece of shaped metal with incisions cut to fit the wards of a particular lock, which is inserted into a lock and turned to open or close it

key2 British & World English

A low-lying island or reef, especially in the Caribbean

key English Thesaurus

the key to the mystery lay elsewhere

key New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

Caribbean island or reef

Key, John British & World English

(B.1961), New Zealand National Party statesman, Prime Minister since 2008; full name John Phillip Key

in key British & World English

In (or out of) harmony

Alt key British & World English

A key on a keyboard which, when pressed simultaneously with another key, gives the latter an alternative function

ash key British & World English

The winged fruit of an ash tree, growing in clusters resembling bunches of keys

hot key British & World English

A key or a combination of keys providing quick access to a particular function within a computer program

key map British & World English

A map drawn in bare outline, to simplify the use of a full map

low-key British & World English

Not elaborate, showy, or intensive; modest or restrained

off-key British & World English

(Of music) not having the correct pitch; out of tune

low-key English Thesaurus

the councils' low-key approach had saved them from widespread media hostility

off-key English Thesaurus

a slightly off-key rendition of an old family favourite

Allen key British & World English

A spanner designed to fit into and turn an Allen screw

boss key British & World English

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

chuck key British & World English

A small metal device for tightening the chuck of a drill

Greek key British & World English

A pattern of interlocking right-angled spirals

hash key British & World English

A button on a computer keyboard or telephone keypad that is marked with a # sign

high-key British & World English

Having a predominance of light or bright tones

home key British & World English

The basic key in which a work is written

key card British & World English

A small plastic card, sometimes used instead of a door key in hotels, bearing magnetically encoded data that can be read and processed by an electronic device

key grip British & World English

The person in a film crew who is in charge of the camera equipment

Key Largo British & World English

A resort island off the south coast of Florida, the northernmost and the longest of the Florida Keys

key light British & World English

The main source of light in a photograph or film

Key lime British & World English

A small yellowish lime with a sharp flavour

key money British & World English

Money paid to a landlord as an inducement by a person wishing to rent a property

key ring British & World English

A metal ring on to which keys may be threaded in order to keep them together

Key Stage British & World English

(In the UK except Scotland) any of the four fixed stages into which the national curriculum is divided, each having its own prescribed course of study. At the end of each stage, pupils are required to complete standard assessment tasks

Key West British & World English

A city in southern Florida, at the southern tip of the Florida Keys; population 22,364 (est. 2008). It is the southernmost city in the continental US

meta key British & World English

A key on some keyboards which activates a particular function when held down simultaneously with another key

pass key British & World English

A key to the door of a restricted area, given only to those who are officially allowed access

key grip New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

person in charge of a film crew's camera equipment

Key Largo New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

resort island off the south coast of Florida

Key Stage New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

fixed stage of UK national curriculum

church key British & World English

A small metal device with a triangular point at one end for punching holes in cans and a rounded edge at the other end for removing bottle caps

control key British & World English

A key which alters the function of another key if the two are pressed at the same time

key worker British & World English

An employee who provides a vital service, especially in the police, health, or education sectors

master key British & World English

A key that opens several locks, each of which also has its own key

public key British & World English

A cryptographic key that can be obtained and used by anyone to encrypt messages intended for a particular recipient, such that the encrypted messages can be deciphered only by using a second key that is known only to the recipient (the private key)

function key British & World English

A button on a computer keyboard, distinct from the main alphanumeric keys, to which software can assign a particular function

ignition key British & World English

A key designed to start the engine of a motor vehicle


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