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 ?
So he sat at the feet of one awhile, and then he sat awhile at the feet of the other, and at last he applied his ear to the keyhole of the casket containing the Ashes of Madame Blavatsky.
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.
Having filled this instrument with a quantity of small coal-dust from the forge, she approached the door, and dropping on one knee before it, dexterously blew into the keyhole as much of these fine ashes as the lock would hold.
The trunk, a heavy one with steel bands round it, but no lock or keyhole, was carried in by two men.
I can't see anything but the curtain of the bed,' said Brass, applying his eye to the keyhole of the door.
With this view he gave a kick at the outside, by way of prelude; and, then, applying his mouth to the keyhole, said, in a deep and impressive tone:
When Mr Allworthy had retired to his study with Jenny Jones, as hath been seen, Mrs Bridget, with the good housekeeper, had betaken themselves to a post next adjoining to the said study; whence, through the conveyance of a keyhole, they sucked in at their ears the instructive lecture delivered by Mr Allworthy, together with the answers of Jenny, and indeed every other particular which passed in the last chapter.
I'd open one of those doors, and I'd cram 'em all in, and then I'd lock the door and through the keyhole I'd blow in pepper.
We, his officers, could hear him moving about in his berth, or lightly snoring, or fetching deep sighs, or splashing and blowing in his bath-room; and we made our reports to him through the keyhole, as it were.
The word blew to me through the keyhole and said "Come
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.
Firkin and Miss Briggs, who happened by chance to be at the parlour door soon after the Baronet and Rebecca entered the apartment, had also seen accidentally, through the keyhole, the old gentleman prostrate before the governess, and had heard the generous proposal which he made her.