Allen key


Allen key
Al|len key [ˈælən ki:] n BrE
[Date: 1900-2000; Origin: From the Allen Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut, USA]
a tool used to turn an Allen screw
American Equivalent: Allen wrench

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Allen key — UK [ˈælən ˌkiː] / US [ˈælən ˌkɪ] noun [countable] Word forms Allen key : singular Allen key plural Allen keys British a simple L shaped metal tool used for turning a screw that has a hole with six sides in the top …   English dictionary

  • Allen key — noun /ˈælən kiː/ A hex head wrench. Syn: Allen wrench, hex head wrench, hex key See Also: Allen screw, Allen bolt …   Wiktionary

  • allen key — /ˈælən ki / (say aluhn kee) noun one of a number of variously sized, small, hexagonal metal bars bent to form a right angle, the ends of which may be slotted into the matching recess in the heads of grub screws or certain bolts so as to tighten… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Allen key — (US Allen wrench) noun Brit. trademark a spanner designed to fit into and turn an Allen screw. Origin 1960s: from the name of the manufacturer, the Allen Manufacturing Company, Connecticut …   English new terms dictionary

  • Allen key — noun (C) BrE a small tool you use to turn an Allen screw (=a type of screw with a hole that has six sides) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Allen key — See Allen wrench …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • Allen — is an English name and surname which means little rock. Variant spellings include Alan, Allan, etc. The noble family of this surname, from which a branch went to Portugal, is descended of one Alanus de Buckenhall.Allen may refer to: People* Allen …   Wikipedia


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