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key
  1. mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
  2. pitch of the voice; "he spoke in a low key"
  3. something crucial for explaining; "the key to development is economic integration"
  4. a generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access; "a safe-deposit box usually requires two keys to open it"
  5. a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
  6. a list of answers to a test; "some students had stolen the key to the final exam"
  7. serving as an essential component;
  8. any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
  9. harmonize with or adjust to; "key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude"
  10. (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; "he hit a jump shot fro

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