keypad

noun key·pad \ ˈkē-ˌpad \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of keypad

1966


KEYPAD Defined for English Language Learners

keypad

noun

Definition of keypad for English Language Learners

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


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