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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.

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Mary, standing by the fire, saw its red light falling on the old man, propped up on his pillows and bed-rest, with his bony hand holding out the key, and the money lying on the quilt before him.
While it was thus engaged Ghek took his spider-like way along the table to the opposite end where lay the key to the fetter.
It cost Boxtel two days more to bring his key to perfection, with the aid of a small file.
Magdalen heard him outside chuckling over his own dexterity, and fitting the key into the lock again with infinite difficulty.
Tulkinghorn, tapping his chin with the key and looking imperturbably at her, "how this matter stands.
Hast thou the clothes ready bundled and the key, also, to this gate to perdition?
He drops his two keys back into his pocket one by one, and buttons them up; he takes his dinner-bundle from the chair-back on which he hung it when he came in; he distributes the weight he carries, by tying the third key up in it, as though he were an Ostrich, and liked to dine off cold iron; and he gets out of the room, deigning no word of answer.
At last, Samuel came in, not with the keys, but with a morsel of paper for me.
He then threw my keys into my lap, saying, - 'There
Well," said he, "if you really think I had better go: it would be foolish to bring the key for nothing.
When the sound of their footsteps had died away, Dorian locked the door and put the key in his pocket.
Let the man remain here; take the keys yourself, and show me the way.