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
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Translations
touche morte
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The repair firm said that it would test the ingress protection to see if the barriers blocked dust from causing dead keys.
As it went down Agnes thought at first of crawling into its box, nestling as though for safety among the cold, dead keys. So attached was she to the instrument that she could not imagine parting from it, but, as she actually struggled with the hinged cover, Agnes lost her grip and was swept straight north.