Definitions For Key


  • Metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
  • 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)
  • Pitch of the voice
  • Something crucial for explaining
  • A generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access
  • A list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
  • A list of answers to a test
  • Any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
  • (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
  • 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
  • To enter (information) by using the keys of a computer, typewriter, etc.
  • To have the most important part in (something)


  • Harmonize with or adjust to
  • Regulate the musical pitch of
  • Identify as in botany or biology, for example
  • Vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key
  • Provide with a key
  • Extremely important


  • Serving as an essential component

Is Keys a Scrabble Word?

Words With Friends YES
Scrabble US YES
Scrabble UK YES
English International (SOWPODS) YES
Scrabble Global YES
Enable1 Dictionary YES

Points in Different Games

Words with Friends

The word Key is worth 11 points in Scrabble and 10 points in Words with Friends

Examples of Key in a Sentence

  • He's a key player in the organization.
  • The key question is “Can we afford it?”.
  • Underline key words and phrases as you read.
  • The changes to the manuscript are being keyed by the typist.
  • Her response was perfectly keyed to the situation

Synonyms for Key

Antonyms for Keys

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