key signature


Definition of key signature

: the sharps or flats placed after a clef in music to indicate the key

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Recent Examples on the Web This algorithm is unfortunately still used widely despite the existence of better alternatives, being the only remaining public key signature algorithm specified by the original SSH RFCs. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Dangerous SHA-1 crypto function will die in SSH linking millions of computers," 28 May 2020 Her final declaration of independence is underscored by a key signature that is associated with her and not her father, with bold, fluid ascending lines that span an octave or more. Amy Lorette Damron Kyle, Quartz, "The feminist reboot opera deserves," 20 Dec. 2019 Did certain key signatures or chord progressions across genres draw me in? NBC News, "A musicologist explains the science behind your taste in music," 19 June 2019 She and her research team found the X-ray sources, a key signature of black holes that are growing, and followed up with other telescope observations in infrared to find gas and dust. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "'Cold quasar' discovery could signal galaxies' 'retirement party' phase," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of key signature

1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Key signature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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