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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Keynote  \Key"note`\,  n. 
  1.  (Mus.)  The  tonic  or  first  tone  of  the  scale  in  which  a 
  piece  or  passage  is  written;  the  fundamental  tone  of  the 
  chord,  to  which  all  the  modulations  of  the  piece  are 
  referred;  --  called  also  {key  tone}. 
 
  2.  The  fundamental  fact  or  idea;  that  which  gives  the  key; 
  as  the  keynote  of  a  policy  or  a  sermon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  keynote 
  n  1:  the  principal  theme  in  a  speech  or  literary  work 
  2:  a  fundamental  or  central  idea 
  3:  (music)  the  first  note  of  a  diatonic  scale  [syn:  {tonic}] 
  v  1:  set  the  keynote  of  "Comfort  keynotes  this  designer's  Fall 
  collection" 
  2:  give  the  keynote  address  to  (an  audience) 




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