key·​pad | \ ˈkē-ˌpad How to pronounce keypad (audio) \

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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Earlier this month, Google notified users that Nest Guard (the alarm, keypad and motion-sensor component of Nest Home Secure) was now compatible with the company's Home Assistant voice-control function. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Google Calls Hidden Microphone in Its Nest Home Security Devices an 'Error'," 21 Feb. 2019 Smart locks replace standard locks with an electronic device, often battery-powered, that can be accessed using a phone app, digital keypad or even fingerprint sensors. Joshua Fruhlinger, WSJ, "Is It Smart to Install a Smart Lock?," 11 July 2018 After all the acts performed, the superfans each voted for their favorite via keypads that were monitored by the show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How 'America's Got Talent: The Champions' Voting Works in Case You're Confused," 15 Jan. 2019 Jamie Richardson, a White Castle vice president, said the restaurants are installing keypad locks on their bathroom doors; customers will have to get the code at the front counter. John Keilman,, "Public bathrooms become clandestine epicenter of opioid crisis," 17 May 2018 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,, "Chevrolet Traverse remains spacious after redesign," 24 May 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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