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

Examples of keypad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). Leada Gore |, al, "Black Friday 2020: Where to get early Thanksgiving/Black Friday copies of the newspaper," 24 Nov. 2020 In the past, there have been phones like Samsung Galaxy W2019, a crazy dual-screen flip phone (with a number keypad) for $2,700. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung built a bigger, $3,000 version of the Galaxy Fold 2 for China," 5 Nov. 2020 There’s also an option to use a Braille keypad, touchscreen or sip-and-puff device. Marissa Evans, Star Tribune, "9 things to know on Election Day in Minnesota," 3 Nov. 2020 Apricon's hard drive features a 10-digit keypad that protects the contents from being read. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Simple ways to back up all those photos on your phone," 31 Oct. 2020 Hardware like Nest Secure seemed like a big part of that deal, since the combo of a keypad and sensors is the foundation of a home monitoring system like ADT's. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google kills the Nest Secure, its $500 home security system," 20 Oct. 2020 Adding a comfortable gaming mouse and an additional keypad can make your all-remote workday tasks go smoother. Gear Team, Wired, "The 60 Absolute Best Amazon Prime Day Deals," 14 Oct. 2020 This sleek, Bluetooth keyboard features an extended layout with a numeric keypad, document navigation controls, full-size arrow keys, and a low-profile design. Popular Science, "The latest Apple event giving you major FOMO? Here are some deals to help ease the pain.," 22 Sep. 2020 The old Razr was impossibly thin — still, even by today's standards — and had that stunning blue-backlit metal keypad. David Goldman, CNN, "The Motorola Razr 2: Still $1,400. Still gotta have it," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of keypad

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Keypad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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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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