Definition - key

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  1. mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
  2. identify as in botany or biology, for example
  3. pitch of the voice; "he spoke in a low key"
  4. vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key; "His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot"
  5. something crucial for explaining; "the key to development is economic integration"
  6. provide with a key; "We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building"
  7. 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"
  8. a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
  9. a list of answers to a test; "some students had stolen the key to the final exam"
  10. any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
  11. (basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of t

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