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also key word  (kē′wûrd′)
1. A word that serves as a key to a code or cipher.
2. A significant or descriptive word.
3. A word used as a reference point for finding other words or information.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.key word - a word that is used as a pattern to decode an encrypted message
key - a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations
2.key word - a significant word used in indexing or cataloging
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
index - an alphabetical listing of names and topics along with page numbers where they are discussed
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Geographer and social theorist David Harvey criticizes the failings of modern capitalism, discusses the development of neo-liberalism, and searches for answers to the globalization of inequality in the essays "Neo-Liberalism and the Restoration of Class Power", "Notes Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development", and "Space as a Key Word".
When I came in for my interviews, they said they wanted to take design in the company a bit further." [The key word, one would think, is bit.]
Existing search engines process individual documents based on the number of times a key word appears.
If the overall climate of opinion is shifting, I'd argue that "competitiveness" is the key word in helping achieve that.
Repeating this process, the writer would eventually return to pick up all the key words in the opening (topic) sentence and, optionally, add on another sentence from another key word in an immediately preceding sentence.
Drop hints, like talking about how great it is that you can be friends (key word) with your bro's buds.
Consolidation will be the key word for the forestry industry in the next one to five years, according to private and public experts alike.
Once you log on to and journey on to CalCPA ePly, you can access the new master calendar that allows you to search CPE and other events by chapter or key word. Log in to register and your contact information automatically populates the registration fields.
In addition, the book is key word indexed and each chapter contains extensive references.
Entering the key word comet into the free, Google-designated search engine for the book takes readers to a video of Halley's comet, a visual guide to understanding the effect of gravity on a comet, and further details about what a comet is and how it forms.
I index the survivors by first word or key word. No X or Z, of course, but at least one poem for every other letter--except L.
I found lots of useful information by doing a general search on the Internet under key word "telecommute," Check out the International Telework Association & Council (, a nonprofit organization that holds seminars and conducts research in telecommuting, for more information.