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key

noun /kiː/
an instrument or tool by which something (eg a lock or a nut) is turned
llave
Have you got the key for this door?
in musical instruments, one of the small parts pressed to sound the notes
tecla
piano keys.
in a typewriter, calculator etc , one of the parts which one presses to cause a letter etc to be printed, displayed etc.
tecla
the scale in which a piece of music is set
tono
What key are you playing in? the key of F.
something that explains a mystery or gives an answer to a mystery, a code etc
clave
the key to the whole problem.
in a map etc , a table explaining the symbols etc used in it.
leyenda
keyboard noun the keys in a piano, typewriter etc arranged along or on a flat board
teclado
The pianist sat down at the keyboard and began to play A computer keyboard looks like that of a typewriter (also adjective) harpsichords and other early keyboard instruments.
any keyboard (musical) instrument
instrumento de teclado
The album features Mick Brown on keyboards.
keyhole noun the hole in which a key of a door etc is placed
ojo de la cerradura
The child looked through the keyhole to see if his teacher was still with his parents.
keyhole surgery noun (medical) surgery done through a very small cut in the body.
cirugía cerrada, cirugía no invasiva
keynote noun the chief note in a musical key.
tónica
the chief point or theme (of a lecture etc).
keypad noun a small set of buttons that you press to operate an electronic device such as a calculator, a remote control, or a telephone.
teclado
(computing) a separate set of buttons on the right of a computer keyboard.
teclado numérico
keyring noun a small ring that you keep keys on.
llavero
keyed up adjective excited; tense
nervioso, excitado
Everybody was keyed up for a visit and inspection by the regional manager.
(Definition of key from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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