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 The hard drive from Apricorn features a 10-digit keypad that protects the contents from being read. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2022 Using a combination of the keypad on my smartphone and my voice responses, I was routed into a hold queue. Jeffrey Ton, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 There’s even a key fob available so that the system can be turned on and off without needing to use the system’s keypad. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 12 Dec. 2021 With its 84-key layout, the V84 takes up very little deskspace and has no numeric keypad, which could be an issue for anyone who works with spreadsheets. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 13 June 2021 Built to prevent peaking, the keypad’s display shifts around the position of passcode numbers so that your taps can’t be mimicked. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 3 Nov. 2021 However, at least the keypad and fob are optional extras that can be added as and when needed. Benny Har-even, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 From the keypad to entering my passcode to reading messages to tapping buttons to simply reading the time and more, everything in watchOS is made better by the larger display. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 To open the electronic lock to access parcels inside (up to 15 by 10 by 8 inches), use the keypad or the app. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 10 Oct. 2021

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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 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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