touch pad

noun

Definition of touch pad 

: a keypad for an electronic device (such as a microwave oven) that consists of a flat surface divided into several differently marked areas which are touched to choose options

Examples of touch pad in a Sentence

Press the start button on the touch pad.

Recent Examples on the Web

The jury’s still out on a new controller that relies on a touch pad for navigation and other features, though. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Acura RDX review: Value, power drive SUV forward," 27 June 2018 The belt buckle mouse controller is gone, finally, and the touch pad is better to use while the car is in motion. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500 is both beauty and beast," 2 Oct. 2017 The center console houses a touch pad to control the 7-inch display screen. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Auto review: Mitsubishi shows signs of life with 2018 Eclipse Cross," 19 June 2018 Most of the phone-app-audio selections are made through a 7-inch touch screen with a touch pad on the shifter console. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Forever young," 22 June 2018 The 10-inch touch screen is clear and without all the confusing submenus of German luxury, but Cadillac made a misstep by using a touch pad in the center console to control the screen. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Plug-in Cadillacs evolve with CT6 sedan," 27 Feb. 2018 The survey was conducted by live phone call and by automated phone calls using a touch pad response. Mike Cason, AL.com, "Survey says Alabama GOP attorney general race tight; most undecided," 3 May 2018 Even things as elementary as turning on the heated or ventilated front seats requires the touch pad. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: 2018 LS 500 is a beauty -- with beastly infotainment controls," 11 Apr. 2018 The power liftgate has a programmable height setting and can be opened one of three ways; a button on the key fob, a button inside the vehicle, or a touch pad on the lower edge of the liftgate. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Chevrolet’s Traverse big crossover gets a complete makeover for 2018," 30 Sep. 2017

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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touch pad

noun

English Language Learners Definition of touch pad

: a flat surface on an electronic device (such as a microwave oven) that is divided into several differently marked areas which you can touch to choose options

touch pad

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Kids Definition of touch pad

: a flat surface on an electronic device (as a microwave oven) divided into several differently marked areas that are touched to make choices in controlling the device

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