Synonyms for (noun) key

Synonyms: key

Definition: metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated

Similar words: device

Definition: an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

Usage: the device is small enough to wear on your wrist; a device intended to conserve water


Synonyms: key

Definition: a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed

Similar words: lever

Definition: a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum


Synonyms: key, keystone, headstone

Definition: the central building block at the top of an arch or vault

Similar words: building block

Definition: a block of material used in construction work


Synonyms: winder, key

Definition: mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)

Similar words: mechanical device

Definition: mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles


Synonyms: key

Definition: pitch of the voice

Usage: he spoke in a low key

Similar words: pitch

Definition: the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration


Synonyms: key

Definition: something crucial for explaining

Usage: the key to development is economic integration

Similar words: explanation

Definition: thought that makes something comprehensible


Synonyms: key

Definition: a generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access

Usage: a safe-deposit box usually requires two keys to open it

Similar words: positive identification

Definition: evidence proving that you are who you say you are; evidence establishing that you are among the group of people already known to the system; recognition by the system leads to acceptance

Usage: a system for positive identification can prevent the use of a single identity by several people


Synonyms: key

Definition: a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations

Similar words: list, listing

Definition: a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)


Synonyms: key

Definition: a list of answers to a test

Usage: some students had stolen the key to the final exam

Similar words: list, listing

Definition: a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)


Synonyms: key, tonality

Definition: any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music

Similar words: musical notation

Definition: (music) notation used by musicians


Synonyms: paint, key

Definition: (basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court

Usage: he hit a jump shot from the top of the key; he dominates play in the paint

Similar words: space

Definition: an area reserved for some particular purpose

Usage: the laboratory's floor space


Synonyms: key, cay, Florida key

Definition: a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida

Similar words: coral reef

Definition: a reef consisting of coral consolidated into limestone


Synonyms: Key, Francis Scott Key

Definition: United States lawyer and poet who wrote a poem after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore during the War of 1812; the poem was later set to music and entitled `The Star-Spangled Banner' (1779-1843)

Similar words: lawyer, attorney

Definition: a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice


Similar words: poet

Definition: a writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)


Synonyms: key, key fruit, samara

Definition: a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple

Similar words: achene

Definition: small dry indehiscent fruit with the seed distinct from the fruit wall


Synonyms: key

Definition: a kilogram of a narcotic drug

Usage: they were carrying two keys of heroin

Similar words: kg, kilo, kilogram

Definition: one thousand grams; the basic unit of mass adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites

Usage: a kilogram is approximately 2.2 pounds

Synonyms for (verb) key

Synonyms: key

Definition: harmonize with or adjust to

Usage: key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude

Similar words: harmonise, harmonize, reconcile

Definition: bring into consonance or accord

Usage: harmonize one's goals with one's abilities


Synonyms: key

Definition: regulate the musical pitch of

Similar words: chord, harmonise, harmonize

Definition: bring into consonance, harmony, or accord while making music or singing


Synonyms: key

Definition: vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key

Usage: His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot

Similar words: vandalise, vandalize

Definition: destroy wantonly, as through acts of vandalism

Usage: vandalize the park


Synonyms: key

Definition: provide with a key

Usage: We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building

Similar words: supply, render, provide, furnish

Definition: give something useful or necessary to

Usage: We provided the room with an electrical heater

Synonyms for (adjective) key

Synonyms: cardinal, central, key, primal, fundamental

Definition: serving as an essential component

Usage: a cardinal rule; the central cause of the problem; an example that was fundamental to the argument; computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure

Similar words: important, of import

Definition: of great significance or value

Usage: important people; the important questions of the day