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 Need to disarm the alarm but can't get to the keypad? Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "The best Alexa-compatible Prime Day deals of 2019," 15 July 2019 Keycards, keypads and biometric scanners are already in use in hotels and parking garages. Lois Szymanski,, "Szymanski: Hard to accept, but inevitable, so best to roll with life’s changes," 14 Sep. 2019 The computer’s console, with its numeric keypad, resembled that on a microwave oven, and its small readout screens cast an eerie green light from below. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 Each has a paper ballot scanner, large touchscreen, tactile keypad and headphones. Matt Stiles, Los Angeles Times, "Sweeping change is coming for L.A. County voters. If things go wrong, he’ll get the blame," 19 Aug. 2019 Residents get keypad access to the building and checkout is self-service. The Christian Science Monitor, "Turning around Puerto Rico’s woes," 24 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of keypad

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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