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[n] metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
[n] a lever that actuates a mechanism when depressed
[n] mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
[n] pitch of the voice; "he spoke in a low key"
[n] something crucial for explaining; "the key to development is economic integration"
[n] a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
[n] any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
[n] a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida
[n] 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)
[n] one thousand grams; the basic unit of mass adopted under the System International d'Unites; "a kilogram is approximately 2.2 pounds"; "they were carrying two keys of heroin"
[adj] serving as an essential component; "a cardinal rule"; "the central cause of the problem"; "an example that was fundamental to the argument"; "computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure"
[adj] effective; producing a desired effect; "the operative word"
[v] harmonize with or adjust to; "key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude"
[v] regulate the musical pitch of
[v] identify as in botany or biology, for example
[v] vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key"; "His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot"
[v] provide with a key; "We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building"

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atonalism, atonality