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Adjectivekey has 2 senses
cardinal, central, fundamental, key, primal - serving as an essential component; "a cardinal rule"; "the central cause of the problem"; "an example that was fundamental to the argument"; "computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure" Antonym:unimportant (indirect, via important)
samara, key fruit, key - a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple --6is a kind ofachene
Key, Francis Scott Key - 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) --7is a kind oflawyer, attorney; poet
key, paint - (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; "he hit a jump shot from the top of the key"; "he dominates play in the paint" --9is a kind ofspace --9is a part of basketball court --9has parts: foul line