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key

adjective critical, crucial, decisive, fateful, influential, major, momentous, significant, weighty

key

(Passport), noun bar, pass, permit, ticket

key

(Solution), noun answer, method, resolution, way
See also: answer, basic, cardinal, catchword, central, clue, cornerstone, critical, crucial, essential, explanation, fundamental, gravamen, important, indispensable, main point, major, material, necessary, outstanding, primary, solution, strategic, tip

KEY. An instrument made for shutting and opening a lock.
     2. The keys of a house are considered as real estate, and descend to the heir with the inheritance. But see 5 Blackf. 417.
     3. When the keys of a warehouse are delivered to a purchaser of goods locked up there, with a view of effecting a delivery of such goods, the delivery is complete. The doctrine of the civil law is the same. Dig. lib. 41, t. 1, 1. 9, Sec. 6; and lib. 18, t. 1, 1. 74.

KEY, estates. A wharf at which to land goods from, or to load them in a vessel. This word is now generally spelled Quay, from the French, quai.

References in classic literature ?
Suspiciously, I looked all round, but could see no key of any kind.
But the man in the dark could not find the right key.
The figure of the aged woman in the most gorgeous of her mildewed velvets and brocades was seen passing from casement to casement, until she paused before the balcony, and flourished a huge key above her head.
I walked deliberately to my desk, took out such of its contents as were my own property, put them in my pocket, locked the desk, and placed the key on the top.
If I had made any difficulty about fetching the key, there might have been some excuse, but I went the very moment she said she wanted it.
Now, mistress," says the lawyer, tapping the key hastily upon the chimney-piece.
Let the man remain here; take the keys yourself, and show me the way.
Mary obeyed, and found that he had already drawn the tin box from under the clothes, though he usually asked to have this done for him; and he had selected the key.
On the table before him they set food and water and upon the opposite end of the table they laid the key to the fetter.
He had managed to coax old Brus, the gardener, into letting him have the key to the little postern gate on the plea that he wished to indulge in a midnight escapade, hinting broadly of a fair lady who was to be the partner of his adventure, and, what was more to the point with Brus, at the same time slipping a couple of golden zecchins into the gardener's palm.
I am indeed very much grieved," said the gatekeeper, rushing towards the carriage; "but, upon my sacred word, the key has been taken from me.
On her way back to the drawing-room she was addressed by a chambermaid in the corridor who asked for her key.