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minor key

[′mīn·ər ‚kē]
(computer science)
A secondary key for identifying a record.

minor key

A secondary key used to identify a record. For example, if transactions are sorted by account number and date, account number is the major key and date is the minor key.
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The inevitable family commitments meant the cash was no longer available to fund the open-race action, and having tasted success, albeit on a minor scale, the reversion to graders just paled by comparison.
Although there is some skiing here, it's on a very minor scale (you might want to strap on a pair of skis yourself and do a short cross-country hike).
You are a young man and we are urged not to imprison young men for offences of this nature if they are of a comparatively minor scale.
Yes, there have been minor scale breaches of the law but, dare we say, there is almost an honourable tradition in this country of people from early trade unionists and freemasons to suffragettes doing exactly the same.
Today there is some resentment that the water is going to England but from the evidence of our study, these feelings are on a minor scale.
He told Scarth, who had already spent 112 days in custody on remand: "You are a young man, and we are urged not to imprison young men for offences of this nature if they are of a comparatively minor scale.
She herself has had a caution for breach of the peace, but we are talking a very minor scale and nothing sinister.
They bought 40 mares and 120 foals in a week, but this year their buying will be on a comparatively minor scale so far as foals are concerned.
He told Scarth: "You are a young man, and we are urged not to imprison young men for offences of this nature if they are of a comparatively minor scale.
Warming on a minor scale may take place by the weekend, with temperatures forecast to reach 10C.
Exotic flavors include Spanish dance rhythms and the "Arabic" harmonic minor scale, while triplets often contribute the impression of speed and facility.
The major pentatonic scale can be explained simply as the removal of the 4th and 7th degrees of the major scale and the minor pentatonic as the removal of the 2nd and 6th degrees of the minor scale.