Related formsun·keyed, adjective
Definition for keyed (2 of 2)
noun, plural keys.
- (in a keyboard instrument) one of the levers that when depressed by the performer sets in motion the playing mechanism.
- (on a woodwind instrument) a metal lever that opens and closes a vent.
- the relationship perceived between all tones in a given unit of music and a single tone or a keynote; tonality.
- the principal tonality of a composition: a symphony in the key of C minor.
- the keynote or tonic of a scale.
- a device for opening and closing electrical contacts.
- a hand-operated switching device ordinarily formed of concealed spring contacts with an exposed handle or push button, capable of switching one or more parts of a circuit.
verb (used with object), keyed, key·ing.
- to paint (a picture) in a given key.
- to adjust the colors in (a painting) to a particular hue: He keyed the painting to brown.
verb (used without object), keyed, key·ing.
- Football. to watch the position and movements of an opponent in order to anticipate a play: The defensive backs keyed on the star receiver.
- Also key in on. to single out as of prime importance or interest; be intent on or obsessed with: a company that is keyed in on growth.
- to bring to a particular degree of intensity of feeling, excitement, energy, nervousness, agitation, etc.: keyed up over the impending test.
- to raise (a piece of masonry) by the insertion of a wedge or wedges.
- to raise (the haunches of an arch) by the insertion of a voussoir.
Origin of key1
Examples from the Web for keyed
If they had video of the victim crying, they would have keyed in on that.CNN Feels Sorry for Steubenville Rapists; World Can’t Believe its Ears|Winston Ross|March 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He then said he wanted all the questions and replies to be keyed toward an improvement in the relationship between our countries.
Already a partial amnesia had taken place, keyed to and triggered by the lessons of the closed classroom.The Status Civilization|Robert Sheckley
They didn't keep you keyed up to company manners all the time.Rose of Dutcher's Coolly|Hamlin Garland
In this way the dickering and the figuring became, in a measure, public, and keyed up everybody interested to a high pitch.Held for Orders|Frank H. Spearman
There is nothing which secures the angora so neatly and completely as to be all dressed up and keyed up with nowhere to go.Fore!|Charles Emmett Van Loan
Angrily Mitch keyed the carrier wave, screwed the button tightly down, and kicked on the four-hundred cycle modulator.Way of a Rebel|Walter M. Miller
British Dictionary definitions for keyed (1 of 3)
- Also called: tonality any of the 24 major and minor diatonic scales considered as a corpus of notes upon which a piece of music draws for its tonal framework
- the main tonal centre in an extended compositiona symphony in the key of F major
- the tonic of a major or minor scale
- See tuning key
- a hand-operated device for opening or closing a circuit or for switching circuits
- a hand-operated switch that is pressed to transmit coded signals, esp Morse code
verb (mainly tr)
Derived Formskeyless, adjective
Word Origin for key
British Dictionary definitions for keyed (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for keyed (3 of 3)
Science definitions for keyed
Culture definitions for keyed
The main or central note of a piece of music (or part of a piece of music). Each key has its own scale, beginning and ending on the note that defines the octave of the next scale. The key of C-major uses a scale that starts on C and uses only the white keys of the piano. In a piece composed in the key of C, the music is likely to end on the note C, and certain combinations of notes based on C will predominate.
Idioms and Phrases with keyed
In addition to the idiom beginning with key
- key up
- in key
- under lock and key