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key noun

  /ki/ , /kiː/ , [cʰi̞i̯] , [kʲʰi̞i̯]
  • An object designed to open and close a lock.
  • A crucial step or requirement.
  • In musical instruments, one of the valve levers used to select notes, such as a lever opening a hole on a woodwind.
  • (historical) A manual electrical switching device primarily used for the transmission of Morse code.
  • (cryptography) A piece of information (e.g., a password or passphrase) used to encode or decode a message or messages.
  • (databases) In a relational database, a field used as an index into another table (not necessarily unique).
  • (computing) A value that uniquely identifies an entry in a container.
  • (biology) A series of logically organized groups of discriminating information which aims to allow the user to correctly identify a taxon.
clé, clef
  • (computing) One of several small, usually square buttons on a typewriter or computer keyboard, mostly corresponding to text characters.
  • In instruments with a keyboard such as an organ or piano, one of the levers, or especially the exposed front end of it, which are depressed to cause a particular sound or note to be produced.
touche, clé, clef
  • (music) A scale or group of pitches constituting the basis of a musical composition.
touche, clé, clef, tonalité
  • A guide explaining the symbols or terminology of a map or chart; a legend.
légende, clef

key adjective

  /ki/ , /kiː/ , [cʰi̞i̯] , [kʲʰi̞i̯]
  • Indispensable, supremely important.
clé, clef
  • Important, salient.

key noun

  /ki/ , /kiː/ , [cʰi̞i̯] , [kʲʰi̞i̯]
  • One of a string of small islands.


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