key-way

keyway

[kee-wey]
noun
1.
Machinery. a groove in a shaft, the hub of a wheel, etc., for receiving part of a key holding it to another part.
2.
a slot in a lock for receiving and guiding the key.
3.
(in poured-concrete construction) a longitudinal groove in a footing, or in a pour that has set, providing a key for newly poured concrete.
4.
a depression or slot carved into rock to provide a bond or anchorage for a structure, as a dam.

Origin:
1865–70; key1 + way

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keyway (ˈkiːˌweɪ)
 
n
a longitudinal slot cut into a component to accept a key that engages with a similar slot on a mating component to prevent relative motion of the two components

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