a word that serves as a key, as to the meaning of another word, a sentence, passage, or the like.
a word used to encipher or decipher a cryptogram, as a pattern for a transposition procedure or the basis for a complex substitution.
Also called catchword. Library Science. a significant or memorable word or term in the title, abstract, or text of a document or other item being indexed, used as the index entry.
Digital Technology. a word used to classify or organize digital content, or to facilitate an online search for information: Search the database for the keyword “Ireland.”
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How to use keyword in a sentence
Almost every episode of the recurring site feature “Strong Bad Emails” offered users clickable keywords that unlocked something.Homestar Runner, Trogdor the Burninator, and the Birth of the Internet | Rich Goldstein | April 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For that matter, even if they also targeted liberal keywords, it would still be just as big a problem.
The government has banned has 138 keywords words from use on the Internet.
But no great storyteller has ever been someone who started out by thinking about traffic numbers and search engine keywords.
Small reproductions of the charts, with a table of keywords: 30 copies for 1s.The Sounds of Spoken English | Walter Rippmann
Certain keywords can be often be used to differentiate facts from opinions.Sequential Problem Solving | Fredric Lozo
British Dictionary definitions for keyword
a word used as a key to a code
any significant word or phrase, esp a word used to describe the contents of a document
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