What does the word key mean?

  • An instrument, used for extracting teeth. It consists of a firm handle, with a claw at right angles to it, and moving upon a pivot. This claw embraces the tooth. It has undergone several modifications, and hence various instruments are used under this denomination. The French have the Clef a pompe, Clef a pivot, and Clef a noix.

Usage examples for key

  1. The key to the door, perhaps ... – The Dark Forest by Hugh Walpole
  2. " Yes, but I got away at Key West, when I knew what was coming. – The Bell-Ringer of Angel's and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  3. He does for himself, and won't let me have a key, or the run of his rooms. – The Red Symbol by John Ironside
  4. He drew out a key and opened the front door. – In Her Own Right by John Reed Scott
  5. But what man would have a latch- key to that but Levendale himself? – The Orange-Yellow Diamond by J. S. Fletcher

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