1. a person having kinship with another or others

    Synonyms : family, kinsperson
    Type Of : relative, relation
    Examples :
    • he's kin
  2. group of people related by blood or marriage

    Synonyms : clan, kin group, kindred, kinship group, tribe
    Type Of : social group
  3. related by blood

    Synonyms : akin, blood-related, cognate, consanguine, consanguineal, consanguineous


  1. bolt that provides a steering joint in a motor vehicle

    Synonyms : kingbolt, swivel pin
    Type Of : bolt
  2. the most important person in a group or undertaking

    Synonyms : bigwig, top banana
    Type Of : important person, influential person, personage
  3. the front bowling pin in the triangular arrangement of ten pins

    Synonyms : headpin
    Type Of : bowling pin, pin


  1. soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design

    Synonyms : burl, slub
    Type Of : roughness, raggedness
  2. tangle or complicate

    Synonyms : ravel, tangle
    Antonyms : unknot
    Type Of : lace, intertwine, entwine, enlace, twine, interlace
  3. something twisted and tight and swollen

    Synonyms : gnarl
    Type Of : distortion, distorted shape
    Examples :
    • their muscles stood out in knots
    • his stomach was in knots
  4. a sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere

    Synonyms : calidris canutus, grayback, greyback
    Type Of : sandpiper
  5. a hard cross-grained round piece of wood in a board where a branch emerged

    Type Of : wood
    Examples :
    • the saw buckled when it hit a knot
  6. any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object

    Type Of : fastener, fixing, holdfast, fastening
  7. a tight cluster of people or things

    Type Of : clump, clustering, cluster, bunch
    Examples :
    • a small knot of women listened to his sermon
    • the bird had a knot of feathers forming a crest
  8. make into knots; make knots out of

    Type Of : create from raw stuff, create from raw material
    Examples :
    • She knotted her fingers
  9. (of ships and wind) a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile per hour or about 1.15 statute miles per hour

    Type Of : rate
  10. tie or fasten into a knot

    Type Of : tie, bind
    Examples :
    • knot the shoelaces


  1. a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom

    Synonyms : male monarch, rex
    Antonyms : queen
    Type Of : monarch, crowned head, sovereign
  2. a competitor who holds a preeminent position

    Synonyms : queen, world-beater
    Type Of : contender, rival, challenger, competition, competitor
  3. a very wealthy or powerful businessman

    Synonyms : baron, big businessman, business leader, magnate, mogul, power, top executive, tycoon
    Type Of : businessman, man of affairs
  4. United States guitar player and singer of the blues (born in 1925)

    Synonyms : b. b. king, riley b king
  5. United States woman tennis player (born in 1943)

    Synonyms : billie jean king, billie jean moffitt king
  6. United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968)

    Synonyms : martin luther king, martin luther king jr.
  7. a checker that has been moved to the opponent's first row where it is promoted to a piece that is free to move either forward or backward

    Type Of : checker, chequer
  8. (chess) the weakest but the most important piece

    Type Of : chess piece, chessman
  9. one of the four playing cards in a deck bearing the picture of a king

    Type Of : court card, picture card, face card
  10. preeminence in a particular category or group or field

    Type Of : note, distinction, preeminence, eminence
    Examples :
    • the lion is the king of beasts


  1. excessively garish or sentimental art; usually considered in bad taste

    Type Of : art, fine art


  1. a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida

    Synonyms : cay, florida key
    Type Of : coral reef
  2. identify as in botany or biology, for example

    Synonyms : describe, discover, distinguish, identify, key out, name
  3. (basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court

    Synonyms : paint
    Type Of : space
    Examples :
    • he hit a jump shot from the top of the key
  4. any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music

    Synonyms : tonality
    Type Of : musical notation
  5. United States lawyer and poet who wrote a poem after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore during the War of 1812; the poem was later set to music and entitled `The Star-Spangled Banner' (1779-1843)

    Synonyms : francis scott key
  6. mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock)

    Synonyms : winder
    Type Of : mechanical device
  7. the central building block at the top of an arch or vault

    Synonyms : headstone, keystone
    Type Of : building block
  8. serving as an essential component

    Synonyms : cardinal, central, fundamental, primal
  9. a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple

    Synonyms : key fruit, samara
    Type Of : achene
  10. a generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access

    Type Of : positive identification
    Examples :
    • a safe-deposit box usually requires two keys to open it
  11. a kilogram of a narcotic drug

    Type Of : kilogram, kg, kilo
    Examples :
    • they were carrying two keys of heroin
  12. a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed

    Type Of : lever
  13. a list of answers to a test

    Type Of : list, listing
    Examples :
    • some students had stolen the key to the final exam
  14. a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations

    Type Of : listing, list
  15. harmonize with or adjust to

    Type Of : harmonize, harmonise, reconcile
    Examples :
    • key one's actions to the voters' prevailing attitude
  16. metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated

    Type Of : device
  17. pitch of the voice

    Type Of : pitch
    Examples :
    • he spoke in a low key
  18. provide with a key

    Type Of : render, supply, furnish, provide
    Examples :
    • We were keyed after the locks were changed in the building
  19. regulate the musical pitch of

    Type Of : harmonize, harmonise, chord
  20. something crucial for explaining

    Type Of : explanation
    Examples :
    • the key to development is economic integration
  21. vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key

    Type Of : vandalise, vandalize
    Examples :
    • His new Mercedes was keyed last night in the parking lot


  1. something of sentimental value

    Synonyms : relic, souvenir, token
    Type Of : object, physical object


  1. the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning

    Synonyms : cognition, noesis
    Type Of : psychological feature


  1. bend the knees and bow in a servile manner

    Synonyms : genuflect, scrape
    Type Of : bow
  2. a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission

    Synonyms : kotow
    Type Of : bow, obeisance, bowing
  3. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

    Synonyms : bootlick, fawn, kotow, suck up, toady, truckle
    Type Of : flatter, blandish
    Examples :
    • He is always kowtowing to his boss


  1. making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

    Synonyms : baffling, elusive, problematic, problematical, tough
    Examples :
    • I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast
  2. highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

    Synonyms : byzantine, convoluted, involved, tangled, tortuous
    Examples :
    • a knotty problem
  3. tangled in knots or snarls

    Synonyms : snarled, snarly
  4. used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots

    Synonyms : gnarled, gnarly, knobbed, knotted