Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See master key.
  • n. See skeleton key.
  • n. See password.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A key, especially in a hotel, that allows someone in authority to open any door
  • n. A password.

Etymologies

From pass +‎ key. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yes if it's WEP encripted it is fairly easy to crack. if it's WAP or WPA you (within reason) cant. usually the passkey is the name of the router itself in less secure areas en Español

    Yahoo! Answers: Latest Questions

  • We reject all your "passkey" piffle, point to the bankruptcy of your "moral value," and contend that the presence of even the most basic skills of ethical evaluation is vastly preferable to your line of crap.

    An Open Letter to John C. Wright

  • One is for a door that can help you get a passkey, one is near the end of the game, and one is a sequence breaking door that will let you skip the armor and let you beat the game in just your shirt and backpack.

    Not Now, Honey, I'm Exploring

  • You reach for the passkey, desiring to be a guardian of public conscience in our age, spouting your rhetoric of moral value and demonstrating the complete absence of any truly ethical value.

    An Open Letter to John C. Wright

  • Someone explain to me by what series of events persons with serious sexual-psychological malfunctions would somehow be awarded the status of moral arbiters, something like priests and confessors and sages -- except that the passkey to being a guardian of public conscience in our age is the absence of moral value, not the presence.

    An Open Letter to John C. Wright

  • On the first day [of training camp], as we were being checked in and given our dorm-room keys, Haz caused a distraction while I stole a passkey.

    Jim Haslett, his teammates and hunting knives

  • David slid his passkey into the slot and when the light turned green he placed his forearm on the handle and opened the door.

    Vince Flynn Collectors’ Edition #2

  • As she swiped her card through the passkey protection, she had a sense of being tardy for class.

    Vicious Grace

  • Harlan pointed him to a bush-camouflaged ramp and handed us a radio passkey before stepping back and promising to meet us inside.

    Vicious Grace

  • You can also easily edit or rearrange your links from inside your Opera-powered Wii browser, as the site uses a number-based passkey system instead of requiring a login/password, which can get a bit tedious with a Wiimote-controlled keyboard.

    Create a Wii-Friendly Home Page with Wii Browser | Lifehacker Australia

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