Key vs. Legend

Key vs. Legend — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Key and Legend

Keynoun

A notched and grooved, usually metal implement that is turned to open or close a lock.

Legendnoun

An unverified story handed down from earlier times, especially one popularly believed to be historical.

Keynoun

A similar implement or an electronic device used for opening, winding, or starting something

the key of a wind-up alarm clock.the new car's electronic key.

Legendnoun

A body or collection of such stories.

Keynoun

A device, such as a wedge or pin, inserted to lock together mechanical or structural parts.

Legendnoun

See urban legend.

Keynoun

A keycard.

Legendnoun

One that inspires legends or achieves legendary fame

She is a legend in her own time.

Keynoun

A determining factor in accomplishing or achieving something

One key to the store's success has been consistent customer service.

Legendnoun

An inscription or title on an object, such as a coin.

Keynoun

Something that provides access to or understanding of something else

The key to the mystery was a drug store receipt.

Legendnoun

An explanatory caption accompanying an illustration.

Keynoun

A set of answers to a test.

Legendnoun

An explanatory table or list of the symbols appearing on a map or chart.

Keynoun

A table, gloss, or cipher containing correspondences, as for decoding or interpreting something.

Legendnoun

A unrealistic story depicting past events.

Keynoun

(Computers) A number used by a cryptographic algorithm to encrypt or decrypt data.

Legendnoun

A story of unknown origin describing plausible but extraordinary past events.

The legend of Troy was discovered to have a historical basis.

Keynoun

(Architecture) The keystone in the crown of an arch.

Legendnoun

A plausible story set in the historical past, but whose historicity is uncertain.

The legend of Robin Hood/the legend of Prester John/the legend of Coriolanus.

Keynoun

A button or lever that is depressed to operate a machine.

Legendnoun

A story in which a kernel of truth is embellished to an unlikely degree.

The 1984 Rose Bowl prank has spawned many legends. Here's the real story.

Keynoun

A button that is depressed to cause a corresponding character or function to be typed or executed by a typewriter or to be accepted as input by a computer.

Legendnoun

A fabricated backstory for a spy, with associated documents and records; a cover story.

According to his legend, he once worked for the Red Cross, spreading humanitarian aid in Africa.

Keynoun

(Music) A button or lever that is depressed with the finger to produce or modulate the sound of an instrument, such as a clarinet or piano.

Legendnoun

A person related to a legend or legends.

Keynoun

A tonal system consisting of seven tones in fixed relationship to a tonic, having a characteristic key signature and being the structural foundation of the bulk of Western music; tonality.

Legendnoun

A leading protagonist in a historical legend.

Achilles is a legend in Greek culture.

Keynoun

The principal tonality of a work

an etude in the key of E.

Legendnoun

A person with legend-like qualities, such as extraordinary accomplishment.

Michael Jordan stands as a legend in basketball.

Keynoun

The pitch of a voice or other sound.

Legendnoun

A key to the symbols and color codes on a map, chart, etc.

According to the legend on the map, that building is a school.

Keynoun

A characteristic tone or level of intensity, as of a speech or sales campaign. Often used in combination

high-key.low-key.

Legendnoun

An inscription, motto, or title, especially one surrounding the field in a medal or coin, or placed upon a heraldic shield or beneath an engraving or illustration.

Keynoun

(Botany) A samara.

Legendverb

To tell or narrate; to recount.

Keynoun

An outline of the distinguishing characteristics of a group of organisms, used as a guide in taxonomic identification.

Legendnoun

a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events

Keynoun

(Basketball) An area at each end of the court between the baseline and the foul line and including the jump-ball circle at the foul line

a jump shot from the top of the key.

Legendnoun

brief description accompanying an illustration

Keynoun

The act of replacing portions of a video or photograph containing a preselected color with material from a separate image, as by chroma key.

Keynoun

A low offshore island or reef, especially in the Gulf of Mexico; a cay.

Keynoun

A kilogram of marijuana, cocaine, or heroin.

Keyadjective

Of crucial importance; significant

key decisions.the key element of the thesis.

Keyverb

To lock with a key.

Keyverb

To be the determining or crucial factor in

a double that keyed a three-run rally in the fifth inning.

Keyverb

(Architecture) To furnish (an arch) with a keystone.

Keyverb

(Music) To regulate the pitch of.

Keyverb

To bring into harmony; adjust or adapt

"achievement tests that are more clearly keyed to what students are held responsible for in high school" (New York Times).

Keyverb

To cause to pay attention to

school officials who were keyed into the dietary needs of students.

Keyverb

To supply with a key of correspondences or with corresponding references

keyed the pages in the edited book to illustrations in the manuscript.

Keyverb

To operate (a device), as for typesetting, by means of a keyboard.

Keyverb

To enter (data) into a computer by means of a keyboard.

Keyverb

To identify (a biological specimen).

Keyverb

To vandalize or mar by scratching with a key

Vandals keyed the cars left in the parking garage.

Keyverb

To produce, replace, or include by chroma key.

Keyverb

To pay close attention; focus

improved service by keying on customer complaints.keyed into the main points of the lecture.

Keyverb

(Sports) To watch or cover an opposing player closely in an effort to limit the player's effectiveness. Used with on

"[She] still carries the burden of scoring ... even though opponents key on her throughout every game" (Josh Barr).

Keyverb

To replace portions of a video or photograph containing a preselected color with material from a separate image, as by chroma key.

Keynoun

An object designed to open and close a lock.

Keynoun

An object designed to fit between two other objects (such as a shaft and a wheel) in a mechanism and maintain their relative orientation.

Keynoun

A crucial step or requirement.

The key to solving this problem is persistence.the key to winning a game

Keynoun

A guide explaining the symbols or terminology of a map or chart; a legend.

The key says that A stands for the accounting department.

Keynoun

A guide to the correct answers of a worksheet or test.

Some students cheated by using the answer key.

Keynoun

(computing) One of several small, usually square buttons on a typewriter or computer keyboard, mostly corresponding to text characters.

Press the Escape key.

Keynoun

(music) One of a number of rectangular moving parts on a piano or musical keyboard, each causing a particular sound or note to be produced.

Keynoun

(music) One of various levers on a musical instrument used to select notes, such as a lever opening a hole on a woodwind.

Keynoun

(music) A hierarchical scale of musical notes on which a composition is based.

the key of B-flat major

Keynoun

(figurative) The general pitch or tone of a sentence or utterance.

Keynoun

(botany) An indehiscent, one-seeded fruit furnished with a wing, such as the fruit of the ash and maple; a samara.

Keynoun

(historical) A manual electrical switching device primarily used for the transmission of Morse code.

Keynoun

(cryptography) A piece of information (e.g. a passphrase) used to encode or decode a message or messages.

Keynoun

(internet) A password restricting access to an IRC channel.

Keynoun

(databases) In a relational database, a field used as an index into another table (not necessarily unique).

Keynoun

(computing) A value that uniquely identifies an entry in a container.

Keynoun

(basketball) The free-throw lane together with the circle surrounding the free-throw line, the free-throw lane having formerly been narrower, giving the area the shape of a skeleton key hole.

He shoots from the top of the key.

Keynoun

(biology) A series of logically organized groups of discriminating information which aims to allow the user to correctly identify a taxon.

Keynoun

(architecture) A piece of wood used as a wedge.

Keynoun

(architecture) The last board of a floor when laid down.

Keynoun

(masonry) A keystone.

Keynoun

That part of the plastering which is forced through between the laths and holds the rest in place.

Keynoun

(rail transport) A wooden support for a rail on the bullhead rail system.

Keynoun

The degree of roughness, or retention ability of a surface to have applied a liquid such as paint, or glue.

The door panel should be sanded down carefully to provide a good key for the new paint.

Keynoun

(cartomancy) The thirty-third card of the Lenormand deck.

Keynoun

(print and film) The black ink layer, especially in relation to the three color layers of cyan, magenta, and yellow. See also CMYK.

Keynoun

A color to be masked or made transparent.

Keynoun

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Keynoun

One of a string of small islands.

the Florida Keys

Keynoun

(slang) nodot=1 though this is more commonly shortened to kay.

Keyadjective

Indispensable, supremely important.

He is the key player on his soccer team.

Keyadjective

Important, salient.

She makes several key points.

Keyverb

To fit (a lock) with a key.

Keyverb

To fit (pieces of a mechanical assembly) with a key to maintain the orientation between them.

Keyverb

To mark or indicate with a symbol indicating membership in a class.

Keyverb

(telegraphy and radio telegraphy) To depress (a telegraph key).

Keyverb

(radio) To operate (the transmitter switch of a two-way radio).

Keyverb

(computing) (more usually to key in) To enter (information) by typing on a keyboard or keypad.

Our instructor told us to key in our user IDs.

Keyverb

(colloquial) To vandalize (a car, etc.) by scratching with an implement such as a key.

He keyed the car that had taken his parking spot.

Keyverb

To link (as one might do with a key or legend).

Keyverb

To be identified as a certain taxon when using a key.

Keyverb

To fasten or secure firmly; to fasten or tighten with keys or wedges.

Keynoun

metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated

Keynoun

something crucial for explaining;

the key to development is economic integration

Keynoun

pitch of the voice;

he spoke in a low key

Keynoun

any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music

Keynoun

a kilogram of a narcotic drug;

they were carrying two keys of heroin

Keynoun

a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple

Keynoun

United States lawyer and poet who wrote a poem after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore during the War of 1812; the poem was later set to music and entitled `The Star-Spangled Banner' (1779-1843)

Keynoun

a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida

Keynoun

(basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court;

he hit a jump shot from the top of the keyhe dominates play in the paint

Keynoun

a list of answers to a test;

some students had stolen the key to the final exam

Keynoun

a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations

Keynoun

a generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access;

a safe-deposit box usually requires two keys to open it

Keynoun

mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)

Keynoun

the central building block at the top of an arch or vault

Keynoun

a lever that actuates a mechanism when depressed

Keyverb

identify as in botany or biology, for example

Keyverb

provide with a key;

We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building

Keyverb

vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key;

His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot

Keyverb

regulate the musical pitch of

Keyverb

harmonize with or adjust to;

key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude

Keyadjective

serving as an essential component;

a cardinal rulethe central cause of the probleman example that was fundamental to the argumentcomputers are fundamental to modern industrial structure

Keyadjective

effective; producing a desired effect;

the operative word