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Princeton's WordNet

  1. key(noun)

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

    Synonyms:
    samara, tonality, cay, paint, headstone, keystone, key fruit, winder

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  2. key(noun)

    something crucial for explaining

    "the key to development is economic integration"

    Synonyms:
    samara, tonality, cay, paint, headstone, keystone, key fruit, winder

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  3. key(noun)

    pitch of the voice

    "he spoke in a low key"

    Synonyms:
    samara, tonality, cay, paint, headstone, keystone, key fruit, winder

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  4. key, tonality(noun)

    any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music

    Synonyms:
    samara, tonality, cay, paint, headstone, keystone, key fruit, winder

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  5. key(noun)

    a kilogram of a narcotic drug

    "they were carrying two keys of heroin"

    Synonyms:
    samara, tonality, cay, paint, headstone, keystone, key fruit, winder

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  6. samara, key fruit, key(noun)

    a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple

    Synonyms:
    samara, tonality, cay, paint, headstone, keystone, key fruit, winder

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  7. Key, Francis Scott Key(noun)

    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)

    Synonyms:
    samara, tonality, cay, paint, headstone, keystone, key fruit, winder

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  8. key, cay, Florida key(noun)

    a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida

    Synonyms:
    samara, tonality, cay, paint, headstone, keystone, key fruit, winder

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  9. key, paint(noun)

    (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"

    Synonyms:
    samara, tonality, rouge, cay, paint, headstone, pigment, blusher, keystone, key fruit, winder

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  10. key(noun)

    a list of answers to a test

    "some students had stolen the key to the final exam"

    Synonyms:
    samara, tonality, cay, paint, headstone, keystone, key fruit, winder

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  11. key(noun)

    a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations

    Synonyms:
    samara, tonality, cay, paint, headstone, keystone, key fruit, winder

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  12. key(noun)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    samara, tonality, cay, paint, headstone, keystone, key fruit, winder

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  13. winder, key(noun)

    mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)

    Synonyms:
    samara, tonality, cay, paint, headstone, keystone, key fruit, winder

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  14. keystone, key, headstone(noun)

    the central building block at the top of an arch or vault

    Synonyms:
    samara, tombstone, tonality, keystone, backbone, paint, lynchpin, linchpin, gravestone, winder, headstone, anchor, key fruit, mainstay, cay

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  15. key(adj)

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

    Synonyms:
    samara, tonality, cay, paint, headstone, keystone, key fruit, winder

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  16. cardinal, central, fundamental, key, primal(verb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    fundamental, primeval, primordial, profound, cardinal, underlying, central, rudimentary, aboriginal, primaeval, primal

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  17. identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name(verb)

    identify as in botany or biology, for example

    Synonyms:
    account, detect, distinguish, chance upon, signalise, trace, let out, separate, place, secern, bring out, reveal, disclose, attain, let on, depict, cite, find, describe, get word, differentiate, fall upon, refer, strike, spot, report, nominate, make, pick out, see, find out, expose, bring up, give away, mark, break, appoint, severalise, tell apart, signalize, happen upon, delineate, list, divulge, identify, make out, come across, key out, observe, get a line, notice, recognize, line, name, pick up, call, mention, draw, discern, advert, recognise, tell, unwrap, constitute, learn, come upon, light upon, get wind, chance on, diagnose, discover, secernate, severalize, hear

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  18. key(verb)

    provide with a key

    "We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building"

    Synonyms:
    distinguish, describe, discover, identify, name, key out

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  19. key(verb)

    vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key

    "His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot"

    Synonyms:
    distinguish, describe, discover, identify, name, key out

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  20. key(verb)

    regulate the musical pitch of

    Synonyms:
    distinguish, describe, discover, identify, name, key out

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

  21. key(verb)

    harmonize with or adjust to

    "key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude"

    Synonyms:
    distinguish, describe, discover, identify, name, key out

    Antonyms:
    unimportant

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. key

    Synonyms:
    clew, guide, explanation, solution

Editors Contribution

  1. capsid

    a way to open something

    the virus' capsid was like a key to a lock.

    Submitted by rinat on January 12, 2016  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. key(n.)

    Synonyms:
    clew, guide, explanation, solution, elucidation, CLAVIS

  2. key(n.)

    Synonyms:
    tonic, key-note, fundamental note, first note of the scale

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