key·​way ˈkē-ˌwā How to pronounce keyway (audio)
: a groove or channel for a key
: the aperture for the key in a lock having a flat metal key

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps the owner of some upstart channel, hungry for clicks, has attempted to foil LPL with a custom keyway of their own devising. Hazlitt, 5 Apr. 2023 All 1990 and early 1991 Miatas were built with short-nose cranks with a fragile keyway where the lower timing belt sprocket was indexed. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 2 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of keyway was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Keyway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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