Definitions

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  • adj. Atonal.
  • adj. Without a key.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by avoidance of traditional western tonality

Etymologies

un- +‎ keyed (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He reached into his belt pouch and felt for the final stone he'd selected for this spell; a single flawless quartz-crystal, perfectly formed, unkeyed, and as colorless as pure water.

    Magic's Price

  • Also, by wholly mechanical processes of adjustment to environment, her manner and air became simpler, somewhat unkeyed: she unconsciously folded away her more shining wings.

    V. V.'s Eyes

  • Ollyett and I did not need to lift our little fingers any more than the Alpine climber whose last sentence has unkeyed the arch of the avalanche.

    A Diversity of Creatures

  • The assertion has to be used as a unkeyed assertion from the intermediate requestor to the back-end service.

    Sun Bloggers

  • "As he unkeyed his microphone, he hit the T.W.A. and cut it in half," said Peter W.

    NYT > Home Page

  • "As he unkeyed his microphone, he hit the T.W.A. and cut it in half," Mr. Bernhard recalled, referring to the end of the pilot's transmission.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Since the CRC is an unkeyed, public function, it does not provide any meaningful integrity protection for the data.

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  • Since about half of the letters are unkeyed, it takes insight to complete the crossword.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 3

  • These rules called for, among other things: no unkeyed letters, not more than one-sixth of the squares to be black, and not more than one word at a time in a space.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 3

  • By now, New York Magazine has offered enough London Times crossword puzzles so that the unkeyed pattern is readily accepted here.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 3

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