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British Dictionary definitions for tuning key

tuning key

noun
  1. a device that may be placed over a wrest pin on a piano, etc, and turned to alter the tension and pitch of a string
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  • But Czipra began to put the strings of the czimbalom out of tune with her tuning-key.

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  • "That I could help," said Arnold, as he took his tuning-key out of his pocket.

  • They had strings of brass wire which were tuned by a key, not very different from the present tuning-key.