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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Key  \Key\  (k[=e]),  n.  [OE.  keye,  key,  kay,  AS  c[ae]g.] 
  1.  An  instrument  by  means  of  which  the  bolt  of  a  lock  is  shot 
  or  drawn;  usually,  a  removable  metal  instrument  fitted  to 
  the  mechanism  of  a  particular  lock  and  operated  by  turning 
  in  its  place 
 
  2.  An  instrument  which  is  turned  like  a  key  in  fastening  or 
  adjusting  any  mechanism;  as  a  watch  key;  a  bed  key,  etc 
 
  3.  That  part  of  an  instrument  or  machine  which  serves  as  the 
  means  of  operating  it  as  a  telegraph  key;  the  keys  of  a 
  pianoforte,  or  of  a  typewriter. 
 
  4.  A  position  or  condition  which  affords  entrance,  control, 
  pr  possession,  etc.;  as  the  key  of  a  line  of  defense;  the 
  key  of  a  country;  the  key  of  a  political  situation.  Hence 
  that  which  serves  to  unlock,  open  discover,  or  solve 
  something  unknown  or  difficult;  as  the  key  to  a  riddle; 
  the  key  to  a  problem. 
 
  Those  who  are  accustomed  to  reason  have  got  the  true 
  key  of  books.  --Locke. 
 
  Who  keeps  the  keys  of  all  the  creeds.  --Tennyson. 
 
  5.  That  part  of  a  mechanism  which  serves  to  lock  up  make 
  fast  or  adjust  to  position. 
 
  6.  (Arch.) 
  a  A  piece  of  wood  used  as  a  wedge. 
  b  The  last  board  of  a  floor  when  laid  down 
 
  7.  (Masonry) 
  a  A  keystone. 
  b  That  part  of  the  plastering  which  is  forced  through 
  between  the  laths  and  holds  the  rest  in  place 
 
  8.  (Mach.) 
  a  A  wedge  to  unite  two  or  more  pieces,  or  adjust  their 
  relative  position;  a  cotter;  a  forelock.  See  Illusts 
  of  {Cotter},  and  {Gib}. 
  b  A  bar,  pin  or  wedge,  to  secure  a  crank,  pulley, 
  coupling,  etc.,  upon  a  shaft,  and  prevent  relative 
  turning;  sometimes  holding  by  friction  alone,  but  more 
  frequently  by  its  resistance  to  shearing,  being 
  usually  embedded  partly  in  the  shaft  and  partly  in  the 
  crank,  pulley,  etc 
 
  9.  (Bot.)  An  indehiscent,  one-seeded  fruit  furnished  with  a 
  wing,  as  the  fruit  of  the  ash  and  maple;  a  samara;  -- 
  called  also  {key  fruit}. 
 
  10.  (Mus.) 
  a  A  family  of  tones  whose  regular  members  are  called 
  diatonic  tones,  and  named  key  tone  (or  tonic)  or  one 
  (or  eight),  mediant  or  three  dominant  or  five 
  subdominant  or  four  submediant  or  six  supertonic  or 
  two  and  subtonic  or  seven  Chromatic  tones  are 
  temporary  members  of  a  key,  under  such  names  as  `` 
  sharp  four,''  ``flat  seven,''  etc  Scales  and  tunes 
  of  every  variety  are  made  from  the  tones  of  a  key. 
  b  The  fundamental  tone  of  a  movement  to  which  its 
  modulations  are  referred,  and  with  which  it  generally 
  begins  and  ends  keynote. 
 
  Both  warbling  of  one  song,  both  in  one  key. 
  --Shak. 
 
  11.  Fig:  The  general  pitch  or  tone  of  a  sentence  or 
  utterance. 
 
  You  fall  at  once  into  a  lower  key.  --Cowper. 
 
  {Key  bed}.  Same  as  {Key  seat}. 
 
  {Key  bolt},  a  bolt  which  has  a  mortise  near  the  end  and  is 
  secured  by  a  cotter  or  wedge  instead  of  a  nut. 
 
  {Key  bugle}.  See  {Kent  bugle}. 
 
  {Key  of  a  position}  or  {country.}  (Mil.)  See  {Key},  4. 
 
  {Key  seat}  (Mach.),  a  bed  or  groove  to  receive  a  key  which 
  prevents  one  part  from  turning  on  the  other 
 
  {Key  way},  a  channel  for  a  key,  in  the  hole  of  a  piece  which 
  is  keyed  to  a  shaft;  an  internal  key  seat;  --  called  also 
  {key  seat}. 
 
  {Key  wrench}  (Mach.),  an  adjustable  wrench  in  which  the 
  movable  jaw  is  made  fast  by  a  key. 
 
  {Power  of  the  keys}  (Eccl.),  the  authority  claimed  by  the 
  ministry  in  some  Christian  churches  to  administer  the 
  discipline  of  the  church,  and  to  grant  or  withhold  its 
  privileges;  --  so  called  from  the  declaration  of  Christ, 
  ``I  will  give  unto  thee  the  keys  of  the  kingdom  of 
  heaven.''  --Matt.  xvi.  19. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Country  \Coun"try\,  a. 
  1.  Pertaining  to  the  regions  remote  from  a  city;  rural; 
  rustic;  as  a  country  life;  a  country  town;  the  country 
  party,  as  opposed  to  city. 
 
  2.  Destitute  of  refinement;  rude;  unpolished;  rustic;  not 
  urbane;  as  country  manners. 
 
  3.  Pertaining,  or  peculiar,  to  one's  own  country. 
 
  She  bowing  herself  towards  him  laughing  the  cruel 
  tyrant  to  scorn,  spake  in  her  country  language.  --2 
  Macc.  vii.  27. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Country  \Coun"try\  (k?n"tr?),  n.;  pl  {Countries}  (-tr?z).  [F. 
  contr['e]e,  LL  contrata,  fr  L.  contra  over  against,  on  the 
  opposite  side  Cf  {Counter},  adv.,  {Contra}.] 
  1.  A  tract  of  land;  a  region;  the  territory  of  an  independent 
  nation;  (as  distinguished  from  any  other  region,  and  with 
  a  personal  pronoun)  the  region  of  one's  birth,  permanent 
  residence,  or  citizenship. 
 
  Return  unto  thy  country,  and  to  thy  kindred.  --Gen. 
  xxxxii  9. 
 
  I  might  have  learned  this  by  my  last  exile,  that 
  change  of  countries  cannot  change  my  state. 
  --Stirling. 
 
  Many  a  famous  realm  And  country,  whereof  here  needs 
  no  account  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Rural  regions,  as  opposed  to  a  city  or  town. 
 
  As  they  walked,  on  their  way  into  the  country. 
  --Mark  xvi.  12 
  (Rev.  Ver.  ). 
 
  God  made  the  covatry  and  man  made  the  town. 
  --Cowper. 
 
  Only  very  great  men  were  in  the  habit  of  dividing 
  the  year  between  town  and  country.  --Macaulay. 
 
  3.  The  inhabitants  or  people  of  a  state  or  a  region;  the 
  populace;  the  public.  Hence: 
  a  One's  constituents. 
  b  The  whole  body  of  the  electors  of  state;  as  to 
  dissolve  Parliament  and  appeal  to  the  country. 
 
  All  the  country  in  a  general  voice  Cried  hate 
  upon  him  --Shak. 
 
  4.  (Law) 
  a  A  jury,  as  representing  the  citizens  of  a  country. 
  b  The  inhabitants  of  the  district  from  which  a  jury  is 
  drawn. 
 
  5.  (Mining.)  The  rock  through  which  a  vein  runs. 
 
  {Conclusion  to  the  country}.  See  under  {Conclusion}. 
 
  {To  put  or  throw,  one's  self  upon  the  country},  to  appeal  to 
  one's  constituents;  to  stand  trial  before  a  jury. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  country 
  adj  1:  rough  and  uncouth;  "a  country  boy"  [syn:  {country(a)},  {country-bred}] 
  2:  typical  of  the  country;  "country-style  sausage";  "country 
  music"  [syn:  {country-style},  {country(a)}] 
  3:  (of  music)  characteristic  of  rural  life  [syn:  {country(a)}, 
  {folk(a)},  {hillbilly},  {western(a)}] 
  n  1:  the  territory  occupied  by  a  nation;  "he  returned  to  the  land 
  of  his  birth";  "he  visited  several  European  countries" 
  [syn:  {state},  {land},  {nation}] 
  2:  a  politically  organized  body  of  people  under  a  single 
  government;  "the  state  has  elected  a  new  president"  [syn: 
  {state},  {nation},  {land},  {commonwealth},  {res  publica}, 
  {body  politic}] 
  3:  the  people  of  a  nation  or  country  or  a  community  of  persons 
  bound  by  a  common  heritage;  "a  nation  of  Catholics";  "the 
  whole  country  worshipped  him"  [syn:  {nation},  {nationality}, 
  {land},  {a  people}] 
  4:  a  particular  geographical  region  of  indefinite  boundary 
  (usually  serving  some  special  purpose  or  distinguished  by 
  its  people  or  culture  or  geography);  "it  was  a  mountainous 
  area";  "Bible  country"  [syn:  {area}] 
  5:  an  area  outside  of  cities  and  towns;  "his  poetry  celebrated 
  the  slower  pace  of  life  in  the  country"  [syn:  {rural  area}] 
  [ant:  {urban  area}] 




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