key signature

noun

Definition of key signature

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

Examples of key signature in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once the saxophone riff was added, the song was completely reworked around that, and nothing else but the tempo and key signature was retained. Katie Bain, Billboard, 1 July 2021 And with Liberty dropping the prices of some key signature designs, there’s officially no better time to up your style credentials. Laura Sutherland, CNN Underscored, 29 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 20 Dec. 2019 Did certain key signatures or chord progressions across genres draw me in? NBC News, 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, 12 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of key signature

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of key signature was in 1843

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“Key signature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/key%20signature. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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