key

Part of speech: noun

An instrument for moving the bolt in a lock.

Part of speech: noun

Anything that discloses or opens something; a lever to be pressed by the finger in a musical instrument or a typewriter.

Part of speech: noun

A key note; quality, intensity, or pitch of tone in speaking.

Part of speech: noun

A low island, as of coral.

Part of speech: noun

A quay; wharf.

Part of speech: noun

A wharf; pier; artificial landing- place.

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Usage examples "key":

  1. For to- day she shall keep the key, and when I return to- night it will be time enough to take it from her. - "The Grey Fairy Book", Andrew Lang.
  2. That's my store- room up there, and the key is lost, and I must get in, or you will have nothing to eat. - "More About Peggy", Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey.
  3. " When I have got what I want," he thought, " I can throw away the key- and there will be an end of it." - "Jezebel's Daughter", Wilkie Collins.