keypad

noun
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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The four large keypads surrounding the rear display each respond to a long press as well as a regular one, and the control dial under your thumb can also be long-pressed to switch between shooting modes. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The Leica S3 is a frustratingly awesome medium format DSLR," 27 Sep. 2018 HP’s Spectre x360 15 (2018) is the larger-scale relative of the the HP Spectre x360 13 (2018), with enough extra space to add a numeric keypad to the right of the keyboard. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "HP Spectre x360 15 (2018) hands on: HP's convertible notebook leaps to six cores," 23 Oct. 2018 Compared to the 2017 Spectre x360 15, the new convertible has a more spacious keyboard area, so much so that an entire numeric keypad now sits on the right side of the chassis. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "HP Spectre 15 x360 2018 review: Made better by standard 4K, great battery life," 25 May 2018 Tuning by number required punching into a touchscreen keypad, never the optimum way to keep one’s eyes on the road. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "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, Philly.com, "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

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First Known Use of keypad

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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keypad

noun

English Language Learners Definition of keypad

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

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