Key

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Key \Key\ (k[=e]), noun [OE. keye, key, kay, AS. c[ae]g.]

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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. [1913 Webster +PJC]

4. 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. Hence, 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.

Those who are accustomed to reason have got the true key of books. --Locke.

Who keeps the keys of all the creeds. --Tennyson.

5. That part of a mechanism which serves to lock up, make fast, or adjust to position.

6. (Arch.) (a) A piece of wood used as a wedge. (b) The last board of a floor when laid down.

7. (Masonry) (a) A keystone. (b) That part of the plastering which is forced through between the laths and holds the rest in place.

8. (Mach.) (a) A wedge to unite two or more pieces, or adjust their relative position; a cotter; a forelock. See Illusts. of {Cotter}, and {Gib}. (b) 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.

9. (Bot.) An indehiscent, one-seeded fruit furnished with a wing, as the fruit of the ash and maple; a samara; -- called also {key fruit}.

10. (Mus.) (a) 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. (b) The fundamental tone of a movement to which its modulations are referred, and with which it generally begins and ends; keynote.

Both warbling of one song, both in one key. --Shak.

11. Fig: The general pitch or tone of a sentence or utterance.

You fall at once into a lower key. --Cowper.

12. (Teleg.) 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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

13. 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. [PJC]

14. 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; or (Biol.) a table or synopsis of conspicuous distinguishing characters of members of a taxonomic group. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

15. (Computers) 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}. [PJC]

{Key bed}. Same as {Key seat}.

{Key bolt}, a bolt which has a mortise near the end, and is secured by a cotter or wedge instead of a nut.

{Key bugle}. See {Kent bugle}.

{Key of a position} or {Key of a country.} (Mil.) See {Key}, 4.

{Key seat} (Mach.), a bed or groove to receive a key which prevents one part from turning on the other.

{Key way}, a channel for a key, in the hole of a piece which is keyed to a shaft; an internal key seat; -- called also {key seat}.

{Key wrench} (Mach.), an adjustable wrench in which the movable jaw is made fast by a key.

{Power of the keys} (Eccl.), the authority claimed by the ministry in some Christian churches to administer the discipline of the church, and to grant or withhold its privileges; -- so called from the declaration of Christ, "I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven." --Matt. xvi. 19.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

key \key\, adjective Essential; most important; as, the key fact in the inquiry; the president was the key player inthe negotiations. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Key \Key\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Keved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Keying}.]

1. To fasten or secure firmly; to fasten or tighten with keys or wedges. --Francis.

2. (Computers) To enter (text, data) using keys, especially those on a keyboard; to keyboard; as, to key the data in by hand. [PJC]

3. 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. [PJC]

4. To furnish with a key or keys. [PJC]

{To key up}. (a) (Arch.) To raise (the whole ring of an arch) off its centering, by driving in the keystone forcibly. (b) (Mus.) To raise the pitch of. (c) Hence, (fig.), to produce nervous tension in; as, the whole team was keyed up for the championship game.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Quay \Quay\, noun [F. quai. See {Key} quay.] A mole, bank, or wharf, formed toward the sea, or at the side of a harbor, river, or other navigable water, for convenience in loading and unloading vessels. [Written also {key}.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cotter \Cot"ter\ (k[o^]t"t[~e]r), noun

1. A piece of wood or metal, commonly wedge-shaped, used for fastening together parts of a machine or structure. It is driven into an opening through one or all of the parts.

Note: [See Illust.] In the United States a cotter is commonly called a {key}.

2. A toggle.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

key

adjective

1: 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" [syn: {cardinal}, {central}, {fundamental}, {key}, {primal}]

noun

1: metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated

2: something crucial for explaining; "the key to development is economic integration"

3: pitch of the voice; "he spoke in a low key"

4: any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music [syn: {key}, {tonality}] [ant: {atonalism}, {atonality}]

5: a kilogram of a narcotic drug; "they were carrying two keys of heroin"

6: a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple [syn: {samara}, {key fruit}, {key}]

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) [syn: {Key}, {Francis Scott Key}]

8: a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida [syn: {key}, {cay}, {Florida key}]

9: (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" [syn: {key}, {paint}]

10: a list of answers to a test; "some students had stolen the key to the final exam"

11: a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations

12: 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"

13: mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock) [syn: {winder}, {key}]

14: the central building block at the top of an arch or vault [syn: {keystone}, {key}, {headstone}]

15: a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed

verb

1: identify as in botany or biology, for example [syn: {identify}, {discover}, {key}, {key out}, {distinguish}, {describe}, {name}]

2: provide with a key; "We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building"

3: vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key; "His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot"

4: regulate the musical pitch of

5: harmonize with or adjust to; "key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude"

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My dream this morning. (2015-08-04: Approximately Noon Pacific Daylight Time)

I had an interesting dream today (Tuesday) around noon. I was sleeping in bed since 5 p.m. on Monday, the previous day. I went to bed around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning, but unfortunately, I failed to fall asleep. I remained alert in bed trying to fall asleep until 5 p.m. that day, when I finally fell alseep and slept until around 12:15 p.m. today, which is why I guess the dream happened around noon.

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There was a military cop that greeted us. Dad had a black Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol and I had a small silver-colored .22 semi-automatic pistol with a wooden grip. The cop asked us if we had permits for the guns. Dad said he did but that I didn't. The MP asked for my gun. I handed it to him without resistance, but felt really stupid after the fact because I gave it to him barrel first - unfortunately pointed in his general direction. He took it without incident, but I felt embarrassed for not pointing the barrel toward the ground in the process.

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Dad and I and my brother and one of his friends were in a van. We saw a helicopter-like aircraft fly really low by us and we could see the pilot through the windows. It was a really beautiful woman with medium length blonde hair. She wasn't wearing a helmet.

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