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Escape key

or escape key

a key (frequently labeled Esc) found on most computer keyboards and used for any of various functions, as to interrupt or cancel the current process or running program, or to close a pop-up window.
Also called Escape, Esc key. Unabridged
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Contemporary definitions for escape-key

a key on a computer keyboard which transmits a signal to cancel an operation and whose effect depends on the software or mode in which it is being used

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