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  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  1.  One  of  a  fixed  set  of  symbols  built  into  the  syntax  of  a 
  language.  Typical  keywords  would  be  if  then,  else,  print, 
  goto,  while  switch.  There  are  usually  restrictions  about 
  reusing  keywords  as  names  for  user-defined  objects  such  as 
  variables  or  procedures.  Languages  vary  as  to  what  is 
  provided  as  a  keyword  and  what  is  a  library  routine,  for 
  example  some  languages  provide  keywords  for  input/output 
  operations  whereas  in  others  these  are  library  routines. 
  2.  A  small  set  of  words  designed  to  convey  the  subject  of  a 
  technical  article.  Some  publications  specify  a  fixed  set  of 
  keywords  from  which  those  for  a  particular  article  should  be