American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A key with a large portion of the bit filed away so that it can open different locks. Also called passkey.
- n. A very simple design of key that usually has a cylindrical shaft (sometimes called a "shank") and a single, minimal flat, rectangular tooth or "bit".
- n. A key that has parts filed away so that it will open a range of locks
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. a key with nearly the whole substance of the web filed away, to adapt it to avoid the wards of a lock; a master key; -- used for opening locks to which it has not been especially fitted.
- n. a passkey with much of the bit filed away so that it can open different locks
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