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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 typewriter, keyboard)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 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.
 
Additional Translations
key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (for a map)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. (dictionary)legenda, chiave nf
 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. (for a problem, solution)chiave 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.
key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (on a piano, etc.)tasto nm
 A piano has many white and black keys.
 Un pianoforte ha molti tasti bianchi e neri.
key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (on a mechanism, for winding)chiavetta nf
 We wind our grandfather clock once a week with a key.
 Carichiamo l'orologio di nostro nonno una volta a settimana con una chiavetta.
key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (means of access)chiave giusta nf
  fattore chiave nm
 The key to getting into this college is to perform well at interview.
 La chiave giusta per entrare in questa università è di andare bene al colloquio.
 Il fattore chiave per entrare in questa università è andar bene al colloquio.
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.Questa frase non è una traduzione della frase inglese.
key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (can opener)traduzione non disponibile
 You open the sardine tin with the key that's attached to the lid.
key vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (type)digitare vtr
 He keyed in his request to the search engine.
 Ha digitato la sua richiesta sul motore di ricerca.
key vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (lock)  (raro, antiquato)inchiavare vtr
  chiudere a chiave vtr
 He keyed the door shut.
 Ha inchiavato la porta.
 Ha chiuso la porta a chiave.
key vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (set pitch of musical instrument)accordare vtr
 The guitar needs to be keyed higher than that.
 La chitarra deve essere accordata su toni più alti.
key vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (cross-reference)inserire vtr
 Key all your entries so that things are easy to find.
 Inserisci tutti i tuoi riferimenti in modo che ogni cosa sia facile da trovare.
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Compound Forms/Forme composte
answer key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (list of solutions to test questions)risposte nfpl
backspace key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (computing: key used to go backwards)tasto 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)tasto Ctrl nm
door key nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (key to the door of a building)chiave, chiave della porta nf
Nota: It is very rare that someone would say "door key" unless to specify that it is for a door as opposed to some other sort of lock, such as, this is the door key, this is the car key, etc.
 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. (touch control on a keyboard)tasto Invio nm
find the key to vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (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.
 I tasti funzione sono sempre numerati F1, F2, F3.
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 or part)elemento fondamentale nm
key feature nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (most important characteristic)caratteristica fondamentale nf
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.
 Per le chiavi della mia nuova casa mi hanno regalato un portachiavi con attaccati dieci campanelli.
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 require the contact details of a key holder in case the burglar alarm should go off.
 La polizia vuole il contatto di qualcuno in possesso delle chiavi, da usare nel caso che scatti l'allarme collegato alla centrale.
key in vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (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)informazioni vitali nfpl
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
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 to [sth] nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (means or method of attaining [sth])chiave di
key to [sth] nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (means of understanding [sth])chiave di lettura di
key up   (mischiare)agitare v
key word
keyword
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
(important word)parola chiave nf
 The key word here is 'estimated'.
 The index can be searched by subject or by keyword.
 La data prevista di consegna è il primo giugno, ma la parola chiave è "prevista".
key word
keyword
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
(search term)parola chiave nf
  criterio di ricerca
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.
low key
low-key
adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
(not ostentatious)basso profilo nm
 I want to keep this matter low key.
 Circa questa vicenda vorrei tenere un basso profilo.
low key
low-key
adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."
(subdued, inconspicuous)impercettibile, smorzato agg
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 chiave minore
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)chiave passepartout nf
 The hotel maid had a skeleton key and could let herself into any room she wanted.
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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