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key: (not recorded before S. in the musical senses)
1. in phr. expressive of control or mastery All'sW. I. i. 77, H5 II. ii. 96 “Thou that didst bear the key of all my counsels,” 2H6 I. i. 115 “These counties were the keys of Normandy,” Mac. III. vi. 18, Oth. IV. ii. 21.
2. scheme or system of tones in which a piece of music is written, being based on some particular note (called the key-note) Ado I. i. 194, MND. III. ii. 206; in fig. phr. Err. V. i. 312, MND. I. i. 18 “I will wed thee in another key,” Mer.V. I. iii. 124, Troil. I. iii. 53.
3. tool for tuning string instruments Tp. I. ii. 83 (fig.) “having both the key Of officer and office.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 3.6
    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 5.1
    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 2.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 1.3
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1.2
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