key signature

/ˈki sɪgnətʃə/ (say 'kee signuhchuh)

noun
(in musical notation) the group of sharps or flats placed after the clef to indicate the tonality of the music following.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • key signature — ► NOUN Music ▪ a combination of sharps or flats after the clef at the beginning of each stave, indicating the key of a composition …   English terms dictionary

  • key signature — n. Music one or more sharps or flats placed after the clef on the staff to indicate the key …   English World dictionary

  • Key signature — For use in cryptography, see Key signature (cryptography). Key signature A major / F♯ minor with three sharps placed after the clef. In musical notation, a key signature is a series of sharp or …   Wikipedia

  • key signature — Music. (in notation) the group of sharps or flats placed after the clef to indicate the tonality of the music following. [1870 75] * * * ▪ musical notation  in musical notation, the arrangement of sharp or flat signs on particular lines and… …   Universalium

  • key signature — noun the sharps or flats that follow the clef and indicate the key • Syn: ↑signature • Hypernyms: ↑musical notation * * * ˈkey signature [key signature] noun ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • key signature — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms key signature : singular key signature plural key signatures music the symbols that are printed at the beginning of a piece of music to show the key in which the music is played …   English dictionary

  • key signature — key′ sig nature n. mad (in musical notation) the group of sharps or flats placed after the clef to indicate the tonality of the music following …   From formal English to slang

  • key signature — Synonyms and related words: accent, accent mark, bar, cancel, character, custos, direct, dominant, dot, expression mark, fermata, hold, key, keynote, lead, ligature, major, major key, mark, measure, mediant, metronomic mark, minor, notation,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • key signature — noun An indication of the key of a composition, giving the number of sharps or flats in the corresponding scale. The key signatures of D major and b minor both have two sharps …   Wiktionary

  • key signature — noun Date: 1875 the sharps or flats placed after a clef in music to indicate the key …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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