Meaning of 键

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(Trad.: 鍵)
Pinyin: jiàn
English Definition: key (on a piano or computer keyboard); button (on a mouse or other device); chemical bond; linchpin
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 13; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (metal) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ jīn ] gold, metal; money
    • [ jiàn ] to build, to erect; to establish, to found
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Example Words
关键 guān jiàn crucial point; crux; Classifiers: ; key; crucial; pivotal
键盘 jiàn pán keyboard
关键词 guān jiàn keyword
按键 àn jiàn button or key (on a device); keystroke; Classifiers: ; to press a button
琴键 qín jiàn a piano key
More: 键* | *键 | *键*
Example Sentences
So we have h, then we can draw our bond as a line.
When you depress a key of an organ, a note is sounded.
Typing is easy enough although it would probably have been better if each key were raised slightly.
A computer can soak up all you key into it.
His extremely calm demeanor as his nimble fingers raced up and down the ivories made Tatum's music even more astonishing.