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key·wordalso 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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|Noun||1.||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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