or key word
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/ ˈkiˌwɜrd /
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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|DAILY BEAST
For that matter, even if they also targeted liberal keywords, it would still be just as big a problem.Why Did the IRS Target Conservative Groups?|Megan McArdle|May 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The government has banned has 138 keywords words from use on the Internet.What Scares Turkey’s Women?|Margaret Spiegelman|March 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But no great storyteller has ever been someone who started out by thinking about traffic numbers and search engine keywords.AOL's Tricky HuffPo Marriage|Dan Lyons|February 7, 2011|DAILY BEAST
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
/ (ˈkiːˌwɜːd) /
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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