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key
  1. 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"
  2. a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
  3. a list of answers to a test; "some students had stolen the key to the final exam"
  4. any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
  5. (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 from the top of the key"; "he dominates play in the paint"
  6. a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida
  7. 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)
  8. harmonize with or adjust to; "key one's acti

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