keyhole


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key·hole

 (kē′hōl′)
n.
1. The hole in a lock into which a key fits.
2. Basketball The key.

keyhole

(ˈkiːˌhəʊl)
n
1. (Mechanical Engineering) an aperture in a door or a lock case through which a key may be passed to engage the lock mechanism
2. any small aperture resembling a keyhole in shape or function
3. (General Engineering) a transient column of vapour or plasma formed during the welding or cutting of materials, using high energy beams, such as lasers

key•hole

(ˈkiˌhoʊl)

n.
1. a hole for inserting a key in a lock.
2. the area at each end of a basketball court that is bounded by two lines extending from the end line parallel to and equidistant from the sidelines and terminating in a circle around the foul line.
adj.
3. extremely private or intimate; revealing.
4. snooping and intrusive: a keyhole investigator.
[1585–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.keyhole - the hole where a key is insertedkeyhole - the hole where a key is inserted  
hole - an opening deliberately made in or through something
lock - a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed
Translations
ثَقْب القِفْل
nøglehul
avaimenreikä
kulcslyuk
skráargat
鍵穴
kľúčová dierka
ključavnična luknja
anahtar deliği

keyhole

[ˈkiːhəʊl]
A. Nojo m de la cerradura
B. CPD keyhole surgery Ncirugía f mínimamente invasiva

keyhole

[ˈkiːhəʊl] ntrou m de la serrurekeyhole surgery nchirurgie f endoscopique

keyhole

keyhole

[ˈkiːˌhəʊl] nbuco della serratura

key

(kiː) noun
1. an instrument or tool by which something (eg a lock or a nut) is turned. Have you the key for this door?
2. in musical instruments, one of the small parts pressed to sound the notes. piano keys.
3. in a typewriter, calculator etc, one of the parts which one presses to cause a letter etc to be printed, displayed etc.
4. the scale in which a piece of music is set. What key are you singing in?; the key of F.
5. something that explains a mystery or gives an answer to a mystery, a code etc. the key to the whole problem.
6. in a map etc, a table explaining the symbols etc used in it.
adjective
most important. key industries; He is a key man in the firm.
ˈkeyboard noun
1. the keys in a piano, typewriter etc arranged along or on a flat board. The pianist sat down at the keyboard and began to play; A computer keyboard looks like that of a typewriter; (also adjective) harpsichords and other early keyboard instruments.
2. any keyboard (musical) instrument.
ˈkeyhole noun
the hole in which a key of a door etc is placed. The child looked through the keyhole to see if his teacher was still with his parents.
keyhole surgery noun
surgery done through a very small cut in the body.
ˈkeynote noun
1. the chief note in a musical key.
2. the chief point or theme (of a lecture etc).
keyed up
excited; tense.
References in classic literature ?
laughed the ghost, and having peeped through the keyhole at the princesses spinning away for dear life, the evil spirit picked up her victim and put him in a large tin box, where there were eleven other knights packed together without their heads, like sardines, who all rose and began to.
The man went out and closed the door; Jurgis, who was as sharp as he, observed that he took the key out of the lock, in order that he might peer through the keyhole.
In vain the doors of the upper entry had been locked; the ghost either carried a duplicate key in its pocket, or availed itself of a ghost's immemorial privilege of coming through the keyhole, and promenaded as before, with a freedom that was alarming.
A light shone through the keyhole and from under the door; a profound stillness pervaded the vicinity.
It was the lock of the door which had been closed ten years and she put her hand in her pocket, drew out the key and found it fitted the keyhole.
The fog came pouring in at every chink and keyhole, and was so dense without, that although the court was of the narrowest, the houses opposite were mere phantoms.
There was no immediate answer, but presently I heard my name again, in a tone so very mysterious and awful, that I think I should have gone into a fit, if it had not occurred to me that it must have come through the keyhole.
When at last he stopped outside our door, I could hear his finger tracing over the painted letters of my name, and I afterwards distinctly heard him breathing in at the keyhole.
She hurried down, followed by Agatha, Gertrude, and some of the braver students, to the hall, where they found a few shivering servants watching the housekeeper, who was at the keyhole of the house door, querulously asking who was there.
But chance, directing things in a different manner, so ordered it that Anselmo, having left Lothario and Camilla alone as on other occasions, shut himself into a chamber and posted himself to watch and listen through the keyhole to what passed between them, and perceived that for more than half an hour Lothario did not utter a word to Camilla, nor would utter a word though he were to be there for an age; and he came to the conclusion that what his friend had told him about the replies of Camilla was all invention and falsehood, and to ascertain if it were so, he came out, and calling Lothario aside asked him what news he had and in what humour Camilla was.
Then he stood up, looked in the keyhole, blew into it, and turning to his employers, made some remark.
He listened at his master's door, and looked through the keyhole, as if he had a perfect right so to do, and as if he feared that something terrible might happen at any moment.