Definitions for "KEY"
A family of tones whose regular members are called diatonic tones, and named key tone (or tonic) or one (or eight), mediant or three, dominant or five, subdominant or four, submediant or six, supertonic or two, and subtonic or seven. Chromatic tones are temporary members of a key, under such names as " sharp four," "flat seven," etc. Scales and tunes of every variety are made from the tones of a key.
The fundamental tone of a movement to which its modulations are referred, and with which it generally begins and ends; keynote.
Fig: The general pitch or tone of a sentence or utterance.
that which serves to unlock, open, discover, or solve something unknown or difficult; as, the key to a riddle; the key to a problem. Similarly, see also senses 14 and 15.
A typically large number that controls a cryptographic algorithm on behalf of the holder of the key. In most cases, a key is a number (represented in decimal or hexadecimal digits) selected from a large range of possible numbers, called the key space. To be effective, the key space should be sufficiently large as to make it highly impractical to acquire the key by analysis.
binary code which is assigned a unique value for encrypting data for security purposes. The key is usually also encrypted so that it can accompany the encrypted data but only allow the receiving device to decrypt it.
Keywords:  pulley, groove, woodruff, pratt, gib
An instrument by means of which the bolt of a lock is shot or drawn; usually, a removable metal instrument fitted to the mechanism of a particular lock and operated by turning in its place.
That part of a mechanism which serves to lock up, make fast, or adjust to position.
A bar, pin or wedge, to secure a crank, pulley, coupling, etc., upon a shaft, and prevent relative turning; sometimes holding by friction alone, but more frequently by its resistance to shearing, being usually embedded partly in the shaft and partly in the crank, pulley, etc.
Keywords:  indehiscent, maple, samara, seeded, ash
An indehiscent, one-seeded fruit furnished with a wing, as the fruit of the ash and maple; a samara; -- called also key fruit.
To furnish with a key or keys.
A small indehiscent fruit with a wing.
Keywords:  coral, reef, cay, florida, islets
a small, low coastal island or emergent reef of sand or coral; flat mound of sand and admixed coral fragments built upon a reef flat or just above high tide level. A synonym of cay
A low island or reef, as one of the coral islets off the coast of Florida.
a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida
A word or other combination of symbols which serves as an index identifying and pointing to a particular record, file, or location which can be retrieved and displayed by a computer program; as, a database using multi-word keys. When the key is a word, it is also called a keyword.
A color-coded legend that explains symbols or identifies colors to be printed in a piece of artwork, such as a color key.
A sequence of symbols that controls the operation of a cryptographic transformation (e.g. encipherment, decipherment, cryptographic check function computation, signature generation, or signature verification).
Keywords:  subkey, hkey, registry, pane, editor
A node in the Windows registry or IIS metabase. A key can contain subkeys and value entries. For example: Environment is a key of HKEY_CURRENT_USER.
A folder that appears in the left pane of a Registry Editor window. A key can contain subkeys and value entries. For example: System is a key of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. See also subkey.
Registry element that contains information specific to the computer, system, or user.
Keywords:  keyway, mating, groove, assembled, slot
A projection which engages with a keyway to guide a component during mating.
A trench excavation made below the toe of a fill slope, excavated into firm, competent material. It's purpose is to establish a strong bond between the existing soil and the proposed fill slope. The keyway is filled with compacted fill.
A short pin or other projection which slides in a mating slot, hole, groove or keyway to guide two parts being assembled. Generally used in shell-enclosed connectors to obtain polarization.
One of a set of small movable parts on an instrument or machine which, by being depressed, serves as the means of operating it; the complete set of keys is usually called the keyboard; as, the keys of a piano, an organ, an accordion, a computer keyboard, or of a typewriter. The keys may operate parts of the instrument by a mechanical action, as on a piano, or by closing an electrical circuit, as on a computer keyboard. See also senses 12 and 13.
A metallic lever by which the circuit of the sending or transmitting part of a station equipment may be easily and rapidly opened and closed; as, a telegraph key.
any device for closing or opening an electric circuit, especially as part of a keyboard, as that used at a computer terminal or teletype terminal.
An entry in a database index. Each key in the index corresponds to a table row and is composed of specific column values from that row.
A display-only field(s) that uniquely identifies your data. To display a page, a user enters the key(s) so that EIS can retrieve the correct row of data.
The unique, first move in the solution to a Chess problem.
That part of the plastering which is forced through between the laths and holds the rest in place.
the roughness of a surface the texture allowing the plaster to grip it as a mechanical bond.
a mechanical bond produced by the physical interpenetration of the first plaster coat with the background and of one plaster coat with another. The plaster key on lath background is made by the nibs that are formed between and behind the laths by pressure with the float when laying on the first coat. The nib is ideally a dovetail shape, but in practice just an irregular nib or scratching.
the defensive back that the quarterback reads to determine where to throw the pass.
The area between the free-throw line and the near end line and bordered by two angled lines, in which no offensive player may stand for three seconds at a time
Also called the "free-throw lane" or "lane;" the area measuring 12 feet in width and extending from the free-throw line to the end line.
A small device which is inserted into a mechanism and turned like a key to fasten, adjust, or wind it; as, a watch key; a bed key; the winding key for a clock, etc.
A piece of wood used as a wedge.
A wedge to unite two or more pieces, or adjust their relative position; a cotter; a forelock.
object? unspecified object of great importance stolen from a citadel? temple? in the VALLEY by T'thup and hidden before her capture. T'thup knows that the Key has kept the planet cordonned off from the galaxy for 1100 years. Why? To keep others out or to lock something in
a list of answers to a test; "some students had stolen the key to the final exam"
Keywords:  chiave, importante
"chiave, importante"
The promotion code which appears somewhere on each subscription order (see also “Source code”)
The code that appears somewhere on each direct order form, which identifies the promotion that produced that order. "Key" denotes mini-source. (See "Source.")
Device used by hand to produce Morse Code; can contain either a single, vertically travelling arm (see "Straight Key") or horizontally travelling paddles (see "Paddles") that are used to make ground connection and produce the Morse Code.
Keywords:  blavatsky, theosophy
The Key to Theosophy, by H. P. Blavatsky
unused circuit in a connector often disabled or removed for the purpose of making the connector uniquie (see polarizing plug).
eeprom dipswitch separate from and specific to each flowprobe that contains the identification and calibration information for probes with 4-pin miniature connectors used in chronic applications. This programmed device plugs into a port on the extension cable to be read by the flowmeter.
A key designates an object and specifies access rights to that object. Invocation is the basic operation performed on keys. A key granting a particular form of access is the same for any user. A key is uncounterfeitable and inscrutable; there is no way to tell by examination of a key what authority it has or how its capabilites are implemented. All keys are either gate keys or primary keys. Keys can be invoked explictly or implicitly, or they can be passed in a message.
The name of a message in a keyed file. It is a string of 1 to 10 characters. Any printable characters are allowed except space (" ") and "".
A key is a sequence of characters that, when input to Emacs, specify or begin to specify a single action for Emacs to perform. That is, the sequence is not more than a single unit. If the key is enough to specify one action, it is a complete key (q.v.); if it is less than enough, it is a prefix key (q.v.). See section ¥­¡1/4.
A guide to identification using alternative choices of characters.
The lighness (high key) or darkness (low key) of a painting.
The device used to cover a hole which is out of the reach of a finger. The finger controls the "touch piece" which is linked by a "rod" or "sleeve" running over an "axle" or "steel" (USA) to the "cup" which holds the airtight "pad" which stops the tone hole.
(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"
Keywords:  keystone
A keystone.
A block, often used in a series, which projects beyond the edge of the enframement of an opening and is joined with the surrounding masonry. A block handled in such a manner is keyed to the masonry; see quoin.
Means key date of a set. Usually the most expensive and the harder to find coin in the series.
An extremely low mintage and /or certified population, which results in higher collector interest. Nearly every coins series has one or two issues with such dates. For example, the 1916-D in the Mercury dime series or the 1911-D in the $2-1/2 Indian series.
Essential; most important; as, the key fact in the inquiry; the president was the key player inthe negotiations.
a device to code an ad so you can tell where an inquiry or purchase came from
Keywords:  eiffel, smalltalk, garbage, nice, versa
Key is a nice object-oriented language. Key is in the same family as languages like SmallTalk or Eiffel. Key provides standard inheritance as well as multiple inheritance. Key is fully cross-platform. Key code can be compiled or run as a script. Key provides automatic garbage collection. It has a simple interface to call C functions from Key methods, and vice versa. You can learn more about key by reading the Key Notes.
A simplified version or analysis which accompanies something as a clue to its explanation, a book or table containing the solutions to problems, ciphers, allegories, or the like;
Can be the method the cipher works or a string of numbers
An arbitrary value usually a string used to locate a datum in a data structure such as a dictionary.
Keywords:  chat, enigma, spin, pack, warning
This is a software key SPiN ships to customers via E-mail. Its function, essentially like that of a password, is to enable the licensed functionality of the Chat Pack a customer has purchased. It removes the warning messages and 10-minute user restriction programmed into the test version.
A setting within the SPiN Chat System to be set by the user (administrator).
machine set-up used in common by a group of Enigma users
the process of superimposing one video element over another video source or background.
The special effects technique which allows one picture to be inserted within another. The video “box” over the newscaster's shoulder on television is an example of a key.
Luminance key. Picture combining effect where the dark parts of one video source are replaced with video from another camera's picture.
a table or synopsis of conspicuous distinguishing characters of members of a taxonomic group.
INTE Key table reference.
The reference guide or template, usually printed in black, used to place the color elements and for stripping film. Other Term: key flat. See also: keyline.
CREG = cancer risk evaluation guide for 1 x 10-6 excess cancer risk
the principal totality of a composition, which may change through the piece.
() The screw that controls ink flow from the ink fountain of a printing press. () To relate loose pieces of copy to their positions on a layout or mechanical using a system of numbers or letters. () Alternate term for the color black, as in ‘key plate.
Piece of wood, which fits into the corners of a stretcher to maintain the tension of the canvas. Key Examples
A key can sometimes predict a fiery and passionate relationship.
To predict a team's next play by observation of patterns or habits.
Keywords:  kilo, marijuana, drug
A kilo of marijuana or other drug.
Keywords:  keybed, dynamics, processing
Key (Dynamics Processing) Keybed
An object used to indicate a particular element of a collection.
Either a fixed point used by the actor to remember a position without marks, or a direction to use a particular element of a scene to reinforce an actor's performance (as in "KEY off his anger" or "KEY off the speeding car.")
a kilogram of a narcotic drug; "they were carrying two keys of heroin"
vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key; "His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot"
The key of a problem is its first move. The key may be a waiting move or a move that introduces a threat. Occasionally, a key might be a checking move or a capture, but such moves require that the problem have compensating features to justify such a forceful beginning. Finding the key to a problem is the primary goal of solving it.
A signal to move on to the next step in a skydive.
Keywords:  forgot, went, smoke, roof, onto
What you probably forgot to get back into the building when you went up onto the roof for a smoke.
(Biol) A systematic classification of the significant characteristics of the members of a group of organisms to facilitate identification and comparison.
Keywords:  cmyk, magenta, cyan, patented, proof
(1) Part of the cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (CMYK) colour model; key is another name for black. (2) A term used synonymously with colour key, a patented colour proof process.
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"
Keywords:  italic, reader, story, tells, find
An italic line of type that tells the reader where to find the continuation of a story.
Branching and statement keys. Both are used to find out what something is.
something crucial for explaining; "the key to development is economic integration"
Keywords:  button, push, remote, press, panel
Generally refers to a button on a telephone set which is used to access an extension or feature.
Push-button on front panel or REMOTE.
to press a key or button physically or electronically by computer.
The distinguishing device of civilization and enlightenment.
mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
The control of a dynamics processing device by an external audio signal.
A mathematical formula used by Dealers to figure out pay-offs, usually on complicated Proposition Bets.
A slot formed into a concrete surface for the purpose of interlocking with a subsequent pour of concrete.
Keywords:  tap, alter
Tap into a certain alter.
To adjust so as to be maximally effective in a particular situation; -- of actions, plans, or speech; as, to key one's campaign speech to each local audience.
Keywords:  vault, arch, central, block, building
the central building block at the top of an arch or vault
Keywords:  iteration, access, container
key_for_iteration Access a key in the container.
A variable value created using a mathematical formula. Public keys are obtained from the certificate authority, while private keys are contained within each user's computer system (also see Public Key).
Escrow(or trusted third party) A scheme whereby an authorized body keeps a copy of all private keys, which can be revealed only upon court order. See Public Key.
The private key. (Often refers to the private part of the whole certificate.)
Information used by the DM that describes and locates anything in the dungeon. (D&D 1)
A position or condition which affords entrance, control, pr possession, etc.; as, the key of a line of defense; the key of a country; the key of a political situation.
A collection of bytes that is used to locate a corresponding record (see also key descriptor).
A key is a property possessed by an entity in the game. Light entities have a default value of 300. See the Entity description appendix for details Entering in the key "light" with a "value" of 150 reduces that by half.
In databases, a key is a parameter that holds a value. For example the value of hostname could be its IP address.
As defined by the IRS, employees who meet certain compensation, ownership and authority criteria. This determination of key and non-key employees is necessary when performing top-heavy tests.
Although it has several security-related meanings, not to mention other computing meanings, it can also refer to an authenticator.
Keywords:  database, field, join, context, tables
In the context of Relational Database Management Systems this refers to a common field that can be used to join two or more tables.
A field in a database used to obtain access to stored information.
Keywords:  placement, try, him, observant, foot
Watching a player to try and see the direction in which he is going to be moving. A player may make small movements such as foot placement, etc., that can give away his next move to an observant player who is keying him.
Keywords:  safe, entitles, holder, possession, box
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"
Keywords:  chain
Keywords:  laid, floor, last, board, down
The last board of a floor when laid down.
Keywords:  super, see, center, issue, number
see key number.
See key center
See "Key Issue."
Keywords:  binary, nodes, tree, search, stored
In a binary search tree, data stored in a node (see node) and used to order nodes.
Keywords:  answers, correct, test, list
A list of correct answers for a test.
A key is an electronic device connected on a computer port, in order to protect the software from being copied.
Keywords:  radio, transmit, cause
To cause a radio to transmit
Keywords:  language, layer, link, lists
effective; producing a desired effect; "the operative word"