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key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (for a lock)chiave nf
 I can't find the key to unlock the door.
 Non trovo la chiave per aprire la porta.
key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (for a code)parola chiave nf
  password nf
 The software has a key that you have to type in to be able to use it.
 Il software ha una parola chiave da digitare per poterlo usare.
key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (on a computer keyboard) (informatica, tastiera)tasto nm
 After finishing a line, you need to hit the Enter key.
 Dopo aver finito una riga devi premere il tasto "invio".
key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (music: D major, etc.) (musica)chiave nf
 The song was written in the key of D major.
 La canzone è stata scritta in chiave di re maggiore.
key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (on a map) (mappe)scala nf
 The key to the map says that one centimetre is equal to one kilometre.
 La scala della cartina indica che un centimetro corrisponde a un chilometro.
key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (on a piano, etc.) (di pianoforte, ecc.)tasto nm
 A piano has many white and black keys.
 Un pianoforte ha molti tasti bianchi e neri.
the key (to (doing) [sth]) nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (solution)la chiave (per qlcs) nf
 The key to solving the puzzle is to eliminate the incorrect answers.
 La chiave per risolvere i giochi enigmistici è di eliminare le risposte sbagliate.
the key (to (doing) [sth]) nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (most important thing)il fattore chiave (per qlcs) nm
 The key to getting into this college is to perform well at interview.
 Il fattore chiave per entrare in questa università è andar bene al colloquio.
key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (on a mechanism, for winding)chiavetta, chiave nf
 I've lost the key for the grandfather clock.
 Ho perso la chiavetta per dare la carica all'orologio del nonno.
 
Additional Translations
key adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (most important)chiave nf
 The key ingredient is garlic.
 L'ingrediente chiave è l'aglio.
key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (in a dictionary)legenda nf
  indice delle abbreviazioni nm
 The dictionary's key explains all the abbreviations.
 La legenda del dizionario spiega tutte le abbreviazioni.
key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (style, tone)stile nm
  tono nm
 Her house is decorated in a very soft key.
 La sua casa è arredata con uno stile molto delicato.
 La sua casa è tappezzata in un tono molto delicato.
key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (keystone)chiave di volta nf
 Look at the key of the arch.
 Guarda la chiave di volta dell'arco.
key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (island reef)scogliera nf
 Key West is one of the Florida Keys.
  Nel golfo del Messico ci sono molte scogliere.This sentence is not a translation of the English sentence.
key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (can opener)chiavetta nf
 You open the sardine tin with the key that's attached to the lid.
 La scatola di sardine si apre con la chiavetta che è saldata al coperchio.
key [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (musical instrument: set pitch)accordare vtr
 The guitar needs to be keyed higher than that.
 La chitarra deve essere accordata su toni più alti.
key [sth] into [sth] vtr + prep (data: type in)inserire qlcs in qlcs vtr
 She keyed the data into a spreadsheet.
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Compound Forms/Forme composte
answer key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (list of solutions to test questions)foglio delle risposte nm
 The student stole the answer key from the teacher's desk, and sold the answers.
 Lo studente ha rubato il foglio delle risposte dalla scrivania dell'insegnante e ha venduto le risposte.
backspace key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (computing: key used to go backwards)tasto di backspace nm
  (poco usato)tasto di cancellazione all'indietro nm
 Hitting the backspace key removes the most recently typed symbol.
bit key vescovato
computer key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (touch control on a keyboard)tasto del computer
control key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (Ctrl: touch control on a keyboard) (tastiera di computer)tasto Ctrl, tasto Control nm
 The control key is used to modify the actions of other keys.
 Il tasto Control serve a modificare le azioni degli altri tasti.
door key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (key to house, hotel room)chiave della porta nf
 In modern hotels the door key is a plastic card.
 Negli hotel moderni la chiave della porta è una tessera di plastica.
Enter key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (Return: button on keyboard)tasto Invio nm
 The enter key is used to take the cursor to the next line or to execute a command or operation.
 Il tasto Invio serve per mandare il cursore a capo oppure per eseguire un comando o un'operazione.
find the key to [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (devise the means or solution to [sth])trovare la soluzione di vtr
 I know I could solve this puzzle if only I could find the key to it.
function key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (button on computer keyboard) (informatica)tasto funzione nm
 The function keys are always numbered F1, F2, F3, etc.
 I tasti funzione sono sempre numerati F1, F2, F3, ecc.
hash key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (computer, phone: # button)tasto cancelletto nm
high key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (light tones) (fotografia: alta luminosità)high key nm
Nota: hyphen used when term is an adj before a noun
high key,
high-key
n as adjnoun as adjective: Describes another noun--for example, "boat race," "dogfood."
(light toned) (fotografia: alta luminosità)in high key loc agg
high-key a basso contrasto (luce)
ignition key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (key that starts an engine) (automobile)chiave di accensione, chiavetta di accensione nf
 He turned the ignition key in the lock and the engine started to run.
 Le macchine più nuove non hanno più una vera chiave di accensione ma un telecomando.
key account  (aziendale)Key account (responsabile clienti importanti)
key brick  (architettura)chiave di volta
key case portachiavi
key chain nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (fob for attaching keys) (con ciondolo, etichetta, ecc.)portachiavi nm
 I got my dad a souvenir key chain from Paris.
key cutter nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. ([sb] who makes or copies keys)duplicatore di chiavi
key element nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (crucial feature, part)elemento fondamentale nm
 An easy-to-use catalogue is a key element of a good library.
 Un catalogo di facile consultazione è l'elemento fondamentale di una buona biblioteca.
key feature nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (most important characteristic)caratteristica fondamentale nf
 A key feature of the new system will be an entirely comprehensive database, accessible to all.
 Una caratteristica fondamentale del nuovo sistema sarà un database onnicomprensivo e accessibile a tutti.
key figures nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (important individuals)individui chiave
key file file chiave
key frame sequenza chiave nf
key holder nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (ring or fob to which keys are attached)portachiavi nm
 He gave me a key holder which I can attach to my belt so I don't lose it.
 Mi ha dato un portachiavi che posso attaccare alla cintura, in modo da non perderlo.
key holder nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. ([sb] who has the key)in possesso delle chiavi, che ha le chiavi
 The police need the contact details of a keyholder in case the burglar alarm goes off.
 La polizia vuole il contatto di qualcuno in possesso delle chiavi, da usare nel caso che scatti l'allarme collegato alla centrale.
key [sth] in vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game." (enter by typing)digitare, inserire vtr
 Key in your name and email address on the online application form.
 Digita il tuo nome e indirizzo e-mail nel modulo on-line.
key industry industria chiave
key information nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (essential or important knowledge)informazione vitale nf
  informazioni vitali nfpl
 The time the crime was committed was key information for the investigators.
 L'ora in cui venne commesso il crimine fu un'informazione vitale per gli investigatori.
key issue nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (crucial subject)questione fondamentale nf
key line linea chiave
key man uomo chiave
key money  (somma di denaro data come cauzione)cauzione, deposito nm
key move mossa chiave
key pattern nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (geometric border design)greca nf
 Ancient Greek pottery makes extensive use of the key pattern.
key plate lastra chiave nf
key qualification nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (essential academic certification)qualifica essenziale nf
key ring,
keyring
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
(metal loop for holding keys)portachiavi, anello portachiavi nm
key risk indicator nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (business: measure of degree of risk)indicatore primario di rischio
key signature armatura
key size taglia principale
key size dimensione chiave
key strength nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (best feature or quality)principale punto di forza nm
 One of the key strengths of a manager is the ability to bring the best out of everybody.
 Uno dei principali punti di forza di un manager è la capacità di trarre il meglio da tutti.
key tag nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (fob on a keyring)portachiavi nm
key to calibrare
key to adattare a vtr
key to (exercises)chiave per nf
key up  (mischiare)agitare v
low key,
low-key
adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
(light, colour: subtle, subdued) (colore, luce)tenue, smorzato agg
Nota: hyphen used when term is an adj before a noun
 The colour of this carpet is very low key.
 Il colore di questo tappeto è molto tenue.
low key,
low-key
adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
figurative (not ostentatious)di basso profilo loc agg
 The party was just a low-key affair with a few friends.
 La festa fu semplicemente una riunione di basso profilo con pochi amici.
major key chiave maggiore
maple key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (fruit of the maple tree)samara dell'acero nf
master key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (passkey, key that opens a number of locks) (chiave passepartout, francese)passepartout, passe-partout nm
 I lost the key to my apartment and so had to ask the caretaker to open the door for me with his master key.
 Ho perso la chiave del mio appartamento, perciò ho dovuto chiedere al custode di aprire la porta con il suo passe-partout.
minor key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (music: key one half-step down) (musica)chiave minore nf
off key adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (out of tune)stonato, non intonato, non accordato agg
off key advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (out of tune)in modo stonato avv
off-key fuori posto
off-key stonato adj
on key intonato
pass key chiave di accesso
pass key passe-partout
pound key,
UK: hash key
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
US (keyboard, phone: #)cancelletto, tasto cancelletto nm
 Next, enter the amount, followed by the pound key.
shift key tasto delle maiuscole
skeleton key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (master or multi-purpose key)passepartout nm
  chiave passepartout nf
 The hotel maid had a skeleton key so she could let herself into any room she wanted.
 La dipendente dell'albergo aveva un passepartut così da poter entrare in tutte le stanze.
through-key attraverso una chiave
under lock and key advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (to or in prison) (chiuso a chiave)sotto chiave, sottochiave avv
 This type of deviant behaviour will get you put under lock and key.
 Dopo la rapina lo misero sotto chiave.
under lock and key adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (person: in prison) (in galera)dietro le sbarre
 He's under lock and key after he committed that robbery last year.
under lock and key adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (thing: locked away)sotto chiave
 I want you to stop overspending so I put your credit card under lock and key.
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