dead key


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dead key

n
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a key on the keyboard of a typewriter which does not automatically advance the carriage when depressed
Translations
touche morte
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To type an e acute, you press e, then the dead key, then (e.
The prospect could be made more likely by the forced release in August of Kissinger's so-called Dead Key Scrolls--transcripts of Kissinger's phone conversations; the recordings were made when a secretary held down a "dead key" on an extension so as not to be heard.
As it went down Agnes thought at first of crawling into its box, nestling as though for safety among the cold, dead keys.