Translation of key in Spanish:


llave, n.

Pronunciation: /kiː//ki/


  • 1

    • 1.1

      (for lock) llave feminine
      (on can) llave feminine
      (on can) abridor masculine
      I've lost my house/car keys he perdido las llaves de casa/del coche
      • turn the key twice dale dos vueltas a la llave
      • key holder administrador de llaves
      • From her pockets, she produced a key and inserted the key into the door, opening it.
      • He pulled the keys out, opened the door and slammed it closed.
      • When he reached her door, he turned the spare key in the lock and walked inside.
      • Peterson glared at him as he pulled a house key from his jacket pocket.
      • But Moore had a set of keys, so he opened the door for himself.
      • Then they tried to use the keys to open the door but put the wrong key in the lock.
      • I inserted my key into the lock and opened the door, listening for telltale sounds.
      • When David Brooke arrived the curtains were closed and the keys were inside the door lock.
      • Thieves are only too happy to look out for people leaving their doors open and keys on show.
      • It will be a far cry from North Sea Camp open prison where inmates have keys to their own rooms.
      • He also made a large key for the door of Sheriff Hutton Hall.
      • It took him a few minutes to find the right key and open the lock.
      • In the recovery room and three theatres, the drugs cupboards had been opened using force and the metal cupboards inside had been opened with keys.
      • Ryan turned his house key in the door and followed Katalyn inside.
      • Later on I realized I had lost my keys and Bernie found them in the sand, about fifteen feet away from where we were sitting.
      • Gone forever are the enormous key rings with the bunches of clanging keys carried by the prison officers.
      • Maria fiddled with the keys, trying to open the lock to the door of her yellow convertible.
      • I fished out my keys, opened the door, and let him in.
      • He walked me to the door and I fumbled with my keys before opening it.
      • He bent down and pushed the key into the keyhole.

    • 1.2(for clock, mechanical toy)

      llave feminine
      • Slotted stems are turned with a screwdriver and square ones are turned with a radiator key.
      • Along the same line are the T-shaped hex tools with vinyl grips and L-shaped keys for greater torque power.
      • The front of the tail mount is attached the keel and the back is elevated, plus there is no screw key below the keel.
      • Threats of police action to obtain the clock winding key were made recently.
      • Use a lag-screw system that includes a special key that can sink or retrieve the screw.
      • The clock does work, you wind it up with a key and it has a clear ringing double chime and right now it is keeping time.
      • It later serviced the local textile industry, but then found a niche with the water industry, making valve keys for reservoirs and water mains.
      • Remove adjusting keys and wrenches from tool before turning it on.

    • 1.3

      (switch) llave feminine
      (switch) interruptor masculine
      (for transmitting coded signals) manipulador masculine
      • Now he reached for the keys, turned the ignition key and waited, half-expecting the car not to start.
      • Thieves have been preying on motorists who leave their keys in the ignition and engines running to defrost their cars.
      • She had learned to shoot a pistol, crawl under barbed wire, tap out gibberish on a Morse key.
      • Figuring they'd be arguing for awhile, she just pulled the keys out of the ignition and leaned back across the seat, looking her son in the eye.
      • There are systems already installed in our vehicles to warn us that we have left our headlights on or our keys in the ignition.
      • The key was in the ignition and Jessie was about to pull out of the parking lot, when she stopped.
      • Anytime we flip a switch, turn a key in the ignition, or mail a letter, we expect something to happen.
      • Alysha took the keys out of the ignition and locked the car.
      • A woman sits at a telegraph key and rattles Morse code along a wire.
      • When police stopped him his car engine was switched off and the keys were in the ignition and he was sitting in the driver's seat.
      • I sighed with relief before sliding into the jeep and slipping the keys in the ignition.
      • She put the keys into the ignition and sped off into the night, trying to find something to concentrate on besides her disturbing memories.
      • Twist the key in the ignition and the engine doesn't so much explode into life as dutifully and modestly clear its throat.
      • He switched the keys in the ignition and the car started to roar.
      • He swerved into his parking space on the dock, took his key out of the ignition, locked the car and ran up to the ship.
      • Lucas shifted the car into park before pulling the keys from the ignition.
      • He also grabbed the car keys from the ignition to prevent them driving off.
      • I am now car-less and about £2,000 out of pocket, as I don't think that the insurance will pay out as I had left the keys in the ignition.
      • Because it was a secluded spot with no-one else around she left the keys in the ignition with the engine running.
      • Using the Morse key, operators at the stations were able to communicate with the world 24 hours a day.
      • I put everything back in the bag, grabbed my keys out of the ignition, locked the doors, slung the bag over my shoulder and waited.
      • I put the keys in the ignition and backed out of the driveway.
      • She turned the key in the ignition and they left Pickering Beach, driving west.

    • 1.4(peg, wedge)

      cuña feminine
      • In the box you also get a well-written manual, a bag of drive rails, a large collection of screws/standoffs and the keys for the side panel.
      • A cotter key fits in the two holes I drilled at the bottom and holds it open or shut.
      • Depending on the type of block you are using, there is typically some sort of key that locks one row to the row below it.
      • Opening the bubble-wrap we find the main unit, an instruction leaflet and a small bag with the screws and 2 keys.

  • 2

    • 2.1(to puzzle, code etc)

      clave feminine
      • Your report says that she has the code keys memorized.
      • Asymmetric encryption relies on two keys that work together as a pair an encryption key and a decryption key.
      • I have been trying to get my hands on that answer key for several years, and kept getting turned down.
      • There are many ways of cheating on standardized tests other than doctoring the answer keys or even using questions from the test in class exercises.
      • The strongest of all cipher systems require a random key as long as the message that's being sent.
      • After the teaching tips and 175 daily lessons, there's a set of workbook answer keys, tests and quiz drill sheets.
      • Cryptographic keys and iris code reside in the smart card.
      • The ‘DaVinci code’ of the title refers to cryptic keys supposedly incorporated by Leonardo da Vinci into his art.
      • More recent viruses and blended threats also extract passwords, decryption keys and logged keystrokes.
      • If there are keys for answers, check what your child will be learning and see if it's in a skill that will be called for.
      • Answer keys for tests and practice problems are found in each chapter.
      • My music students have those same moments because they, too, have the answer key.
      • A good open-ended question should include a detailed answer key for the person marking the paper.
      • So, be careful with this CD-ROM set as you should be with the answer key in any math textbook.
      • In North Carolina, no one at the school has access to the answer key or to grading the essays on our state tests.
      • Then, she tried the drawer of the desk that she knew the test answer key was hidden in.
      • If there are no answer keys, compare your answers against those of some friends of yours who are also doing the practice competitions.
      • The classroom teacher rated each test using answer keys, while the second author independently scored all tests.
      • The encryption keys are sent over dedicated links, and the messages ciphered with those keys are transmitted over the Internet.
      • Stream ciphers are essentially practical adaptations of the Vernam Cipher with small keys.
      • Quantum cryptography systems discard these corrupt keys and only use codes that are known to be secure.
      • How could you get a secret encryption key to someone in cyberspace?
      • British agents broke into the Spanish Embassy in Washington and stole the keys to their ciphers, enabling Bletchley Park to crack the Spanish codes.

    • 2.2(to map)

      explicación de los signos convencionales feminine
      • There is extensive use of place names without accompanying maps throughout the book, and many of the maps provided lack keys and scales.
      • References to pertinent illustrations are noted within the keys to help the user visualize and clarify the plant anatomy in question.
      • In fact, as will be obvious to any reader who has ever used an index, the symbols in the key refer to the chapters in which the characters appear.
      • For the reader who is not familiar with Soviet map symbols, there is a key in the back of the book.
      • References within the tables themselves are listed in a key below each individual Appendix.

    • 2.3(answers)

      (feminine plural) soluciones
      (feminine plural) respuestas

  • 3

    (crucial element)
    clave feminine
    patience is the key la paciencia es el factor clave / la clave
  • 4

    (of typewriter, piano) tecla feminine
    (of wind instrument) llave feminine
  • 5

    tono masculine
    tonalidad feminine
    in the key of D minor en (tono de) re menor
    • to be in/off key estar/no estar en el tono
    • to go off key desentonar
    • to play/sing in key tocar/cantar en el tono
  • 6

    sámara feminine


  • 1

    (woman/man) clave
    (question/factor) clave
    (question/factor) fundamental
    the key jobs los puestos clave

transitive verb

  • 1

    to key sth to sth adaptar / adecuar algo a algo
  • 2

    (surface) estriar

    para una mejor adhesión de baldosas, azulejos etc