Translation of key in Spanish:

key

llave, n.

Pronunciation /ki//kiː/

noun

  • 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 administradora de llaves
      • From her pockets, she produced a key and inserted the key into the door, opening it.
      • Then they tried to use the keys to open the door but put the wrong key in the lock.
      • Peterson glared at him as he pulled a house key from his jacket pocket.
      • I fished out my keys, opened the door, and let him in.
      • He pulled the keys out, opened the door and slammed it closed.
      • He also made a large key for the door of Sheriff Hutton Hall.
      • But Moore had a set of keys, so he opened the door for himself.
      • Thieves are only too happy to look out for people leaving their doors open and keys on show.
      • Ryan turned his house key in the door and followed Katalyn inside.
      • He bent down and pushed the key into the keyhole.
      • Maria fiddled with the keys, trying to open the lock to the door of her yellow convertible.
      • I inserted my key into the lock and opened the door, listening for telltale sounds.
      • When he reached her door, he turned the spare key in the lock and walked inside.
      • It will be a far cry from North Sea Camp open prison where inmates have keys to their own rooms.
      • It took him a few minutes to find the right key and open the lock.
      • When David Brooke arrived the curtains were closed and the keys were inside the door 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.
      • Gone forever are the enormous key rings with the bunches of clanging keys carried by the prison officers.
      • He walked me to the door and I fumbled with my keys before opening it.
      • 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.

    • 1.2(for clock, mechanical toy)

      llave feminine
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Along the same line are the T-shaped hex tools with vinyl grips and L-shaped keys for greater torque power.
      • It later serviced the local textile industry, but then found a niche with the water industry, making valve keys for reservoirs and water mains.
      • Slotted stems are turned with a screwdriver and square ones are turned with a radiator key.
      • Use a lag-screw system that includes a special key that can sink or retrieve the screw.
      • 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
      • Because it was a secluded spot with no-one else around she left the keys in the ignition with the engine running.
      • There are systems already installed in our vehicles to warn us that we have left our headlights on or our keys in the ignition.
      • I put the keys in the ignition and backed out of the driveway.
      • 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.
      • Now he reached for the keys, turned the ignition key and waited, half-expecting the car not to start.
      • He also grabbed the car keys from the ignition to prevent them driving off.
      • A woman sits at a telegraph key and rattles Morse code along a wire.
      • Lucas shifted the car into park before pulling the keys from the ignition.
      • I sighed with relief before sliding into the jeep and slipping the keys in the ignition.
      • He switched the keys in the ignition and the car started to roar.
      • 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.
      • Anytime we flip a switch, turn a key in the ignition, or mail a letter, we expect something to happen.
      • She had learned to shoot a pistol, crawl under barbed wire, tap out gibberish on a Morse key.
      • The key was in the ignition and Jessie was about to pull out of the parking lot, when she stopped.
      • Using the Morse key, operators at the stations were able to communicate with the world 24 hours a day.
      • Alysha took the keys out of the ignition and locked the car.
      • Thieves have been preying on motorists who leave their keys in the ignition and engines running to defrost their cars.
      • Twist the key in the ignition and the engine doesn't so much explode into life as dutifully and modestly clear its throat.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • She turned the key in the ignition and they left Pickering Beach, driving west.
      • She put the keys into the ignition and sped off into the night, trying to find something to concentrate on besides her disturbing memories.

    • 1.4(peg, wedge)

      cuña feminine
      • A cotter key fits in the two holes I drilled at the bottom and holds it open or shut.
      • Opening the bubble-wrap we find the main unit, an instruction leaflet and a small bag with the screws and 2 keys.
      • 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.
      • 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.

  • 2

    • 2.1(to puzzle, code etc)

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

    • 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 within the tables themselves are listed in a key below each individual Appendix.
      • For the reader who is not familiar with Soviet map symbols, there is a key in the back of the book.
      • 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.

    • 2.3(answers)

      soluciones feminine
      respuestas feminine

  • 3

    (crucial element)
    clave feminine
    patience is the key la paciencia es el factor clave / la clave
    • In my view these statements provide a significant key to the resolution of the issue before me.
    • In this it seems to me he is correct and has come up with a vital key to our understanding of Elgar.
    • This awareness will provide the key to tracking animals, both human and otherwise.
    • The inscription is therefore credited as one of the keys to opening up the thousands of years of Egyptian history.
    • Universal responsibility is the real key to human survival.
    • When exfoliating, the key is to remove the dead skin cells but leave healthy ones intact.
    • Moderation is the key to success when training your legs and glutes.
    • The Dalai Lama once said that simplicity is the key to happiness in the modern world.
    • Dr Bracken said the key to providing a good service was time - and that was often in short supply.
    • Secondly, I was always of the opinion that the key to empowering women was to provide them with choice.
    • In the case of the stockmarket, the key to achieving good capital growth is profitability.
    • Their motivation provides a key to the distinctive nature of modern terrorism.
    • Clark, who is a former champion, said consistency was the key to their victory.
    • The key to raising the achievement of these boys is good teaching.
    • The key is to plan a fun event early in the year that features activities the family will enjoy.
    • Education is the key to a future for humankind, especially for a healthier humankind with a suitable replacement rate.
    • In a recent commencement address, she gave graduates a few keys to being a well-rounded person.
    • But as he explains, it is this hardship that provides a key to understanding the spirit and culture of these tribes.
    • We strongly support our volunteer local organizing committees, whose good will and hard work are the keys to success.
    • Investment in higher education is the key to our future.
  • 4

    (of typewriter, piano) tecla feminine
    (of wind instrument) llave feminine
    • These ratios produce the eight notes of an octave in the musical scale corresponding to the white keys on a piano.
    • Beth brought her fingers to the flute keys and played the first run of the piece.
    • The participants initiated the trials by pressing any of the keys on the computer keyboard.
    • And so when it comes time to locate their inner novelist, or just write letters, they like to hear the sound of hammering keys and the ding of a bell when they reach the end of a line.
    • He punched a few keys on his computer and swiveled the monitor towards me.
    • During scanning, volunteers pressed a computer key to indicate that they detected an odor.
    • The function keys are smaller then normal, resembling the half-size keys found in many laptop keyboards.
    • To ensure that the computer remains in Standby, do not move the mouse or press any keys on your keyboard.
    • Anna could barely reach the piano keys when she started showing signs of a rare musical ability.
    • The recordings capture the sound of his fingers on the keys, the depression of the pedals, and the click of the microphone as it turns off.
    • This last model is for more serious keyboard players who need the approximate feel of a piano's heavier keys under their fingers.
    • He was obviously very passionate about his music as he sat behind his piano lightly fingering the keys for a brief moment.
    • In today's information era, personal data is increasingly difficult to hide from the clicks of computer keys.
    • It means that if you can press keys on a keyboard, you have what is required to create your very own webpage!
    • You must use the number keys in the numeric keypad on the left of your keyboard.
    • Several frenzied hits on the F5 key seemed to have brought things back to my most recent post.
    • The arrow key is directional I think - you click up to select ones above your current one, left to move to the left.
    • In the background, as I pound away at the keys on my computer, the second half of the Sunday-night Bucs-Bears game has just begun.
    • Both Shift keys and the Return and Backspace keys are full size, which is always good to see.
    • She began the lyrical melody, her fingers flowing over the keys without thought, her body swaying to the lilting melody of the music.
    • Finally, he pressed the enter key on the last keypad.
    • He doesn't reply but softly touches the keys of the piano.
    • Sara was intently studying the ivory and black keys of the piano.
    • Consequently, holly is often used for the black keys on pianos and organs and for the pegs and fingerboards on violins.
    • There are twelve half-tones (black and white keys on a piano), or steps, in an octave.
    • I walked out into the hall and ran my fingers over the piano keys.
    • The Apple had a simple keyboard that only had upper case letters and only two arrow keys.
    • In the corner was a piano, polished keys glittering under white light and two guitars - an acoustic and an electric.
    • His fingers sailed across the piano keys as he sang with all the feeling that he could muster.
    • Minnie tapped a few keys on the keyboard and clicked the mouse.
    • As she sang, her back straightened up and she resumed her normal regal posture as her fingers pounded the keys of the piano in front of her.
    • Tom furrowed his brow and tapped a few keys on his computer.
    • Do I release the Wednesday update now and slink away, or just hammer the keys until I have something worth posting?
    • The placement of the pianist's fingers on the keys also will affect dynamics to a certain degree.
    • Her fingers stilled on the keys as the piano strings stopped their vibrations and the lounge was silent again.
    • You will find yourself accidentally hitting the Alt and delete keys quite a bit.
    • He heard the light tapping of keys, and opened his eyes to find that Dan was sprawled on the floor, working on his laptop.
    • Even today, I can laugh and cry and express anger through my fingers on piano keys.
    • There will also be convertibles to drive to the countryside, horses to ride on the beach, piano keys to tickle, and tennis balls to swat.
    • Sitting down, she glided her fingers across the piano keys.
  • 5

    Music
    (tonality)
    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 desafinar
    • to play/sing in key tocar/cantar en el tono
    • Transposition is explained in a concise manner on the last page, making it easy for students to learn how to play these exercises in other keys.
    • The pieces are all arranged as short, two-page pieces in the keys of C, F, G, D and B-flat major.
    • At this point I wish Mr Gibb had written it in a slightly lower key, but what is good enough for Barbra Streisand is good enough for me.
    • In my profession it may even be disadvantageous because it happens that we play a piece in a different key.
    • The first section scampers about in a happy fashion but darkens suddenly in the key of D minor.
    • Today, I am only going to listen to music played in major keys.
  • 6

    Botany
    sámara feminine
    • Visitors were not allowed to use pens or pencils but to use other media such as twigs, sycamore keys and string, among other things, with Indian ink to make marks.

adjective

  • 1

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

transitive verb

  • 1

    (attune)
    to key sth to sth adaptar / adecuar algo a algo
  • 2

    Building
    (surface) (para una mejor adhesión de baldosas, azulejos etc) estriar
    • If the piece is varnished or painted, sand it well to remove most of the finish and key the surface.
    • Where no keying mix or bonding agent is specified, wet smooth concrete surfaces immediately before plastering.