from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A key with a large portion of the bit filed away so that it can open different locks. Also called passkey.
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- 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a passkey with much of the bit filed away so that it can open different locks
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“Do you think a skeleton key of the Gilmore Hotel would open the doors here?”