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  1. any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
  2. (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"
  3. a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida
  4. 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)
  5. a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple
  6. a kilogram of a narcotic drug; "they were carrying two keys of heroin"
  7. metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
  8. a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed

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