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  • 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
  • a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed
  • the central building block at the top of an arch or vault
  • mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)
  • 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
  • a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
  • a list of answers to a test
    • some students had stolen the key to the final exam
  • (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
  • a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida
  • 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)
  • a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple
  • a kilogram of a narcotic drug
    • they were carrying two keys of heroin
  • any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
  • pitch of the voice
    • he spoke in a low key
  • something crucial for explaining
    • the key to development is economic integration
  • metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
  • harmonize with or adjust to
    • key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude
  • regulate the musical pitch of
  • vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key
    • His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot
  • provide with a key
    • We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building
  • identify as in botany or biology, for example
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