key·pad | \ˈkē-ˌpad \

Definition of keypad 

1 : a small set of keys that is part of a larger keyboard or another device (such as a telephone or calculator) The keyboards of costly computers … usually have a separate numeric keypad in addition to the usual numerals in the top row of any keyboard.Consumer Reports This lets you operate your centrally located audio/video gear from anywhere in the house, either by a handheld remote control or a keypad built into the wall.Video Review

2 : a small, usually numerical keyboard Deactivate the alarm by punching a code into the keypad mounted inside the house. Using a handheld keypad, the salesperson presses a three-digit code to find specific tracks. For example, "147" might be a segment with maintenance tips for the Cadillac diesel engine.— Jane Wollman

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Tuning by number required punching into a touchscreen keypad, never the optimum way to keep one’s eyes on the road. Scott Sturgis,, "Chevrolet Traverse remains spacious after redesign," 24 May 2018 The IglooHome smart mortise lock combines those with a keypad and lever, and comes with hotel-like access fobs for those who don’t want to use the app. Joshua Fruhlinger, WSJ, "Is It Smart to Install a Smart Lock?," 11 July 2018 The second alarm, for a failure of the home system’s main keypad, was received two minutes later, according to the lawsuit. Max Londberg And Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "ADT didn’t alert officials to alarms at burning home with Kansas mom inside, suit says," 12 July 2018 In many Asian cities, toilets have approached an art form, where a computerized keypad offers options for a personal rinse and dry after flushing — sort of a toilet and bidet combined. Michael Milne,, "Field-Tested Travel Tips: Where To 'Go' On Vacation," 27 Apr. 2018 With Jump, riders check out a bike using an app and a keypad on the back wheel. New York Times, "New Era for Bike-Share in New York: Dockless and Electric Bikes," 3 July 2018 But which emoji appear on the major keypads: That is left to the whims of the Sanhedrin of emoji—the Unicode Consortium. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Delicate Art of Creating New Emoji," 28 June 2018 However, the Stick itself doesn’t have a keypad, screen, or physical SOS button. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Bivy Launches Credit-Based Sat Comms," 21 June 2018 The Amazon Key kit starts around $210 for a keypad entry, camera and streaming capabilities, but after that, Prime members get the in-home delivery service for free. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Let Amazon in your house? Get mail at your desk? Here’s how to beat ‘porch pirates’," 13 June 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of keypad

: a set of keys or buttons for entering information into a calculator, telephone, etc.

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