touch pad


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 You are not allowed to use the touch pad or the touch screen function. Lauren Markham, Harper's Magazine, "Tinker, Tailor, Student, Spy," 16 Mar. 2021 The touch pad/dial is located on the center console between the front seats. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Quick takes: High-mpg diesel Suburban, quirky Genesis, excellent Elantra," 17 Dec. 2020 Each earbud has a touch pad that can control calls and sound playback. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "These 3 wireless gadgets give you a lot of bang for the buck," 1 Oct. 2020 Some younger voters don’t do things like write checks the way their parents or grandparents did; many never sign anything beyond scribbling with a finger on a touch pad at a retail counter. Anthony Man,, "How to vote by mail in Florida — and make sure your vote gets counted," 26 Sep. 2020 Expect businesses to start wiping down touch pads and credit card readers a whole lot more. Dennis Pillion |, al, "Alabama’s coronavirus reopening plan ‘puts emphasis on personal responsibility’," 30 Apr. 2020 From there, swiping across the touch pad on the armrest changes the station — usually. cleveland, "Sporty Mercedes crosses over many boundaries (review)," 11 Apr. 2020 Still, experts recommend bringing your own to wipe down grocery cart handles, baskets and touch pads at self-checkout kiosks. USA Today, "Is it safe to go grocery shopping? Helpful tips during the coronavirus pandemic," 3 Apr. 2020 For example, a touch pad at a transit pay station may see little benefit. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Why copper could help prevent future pandemic, and what it does to coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of touch pad

1974, in the meaning defined above

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19 Mar 2021

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“Touch pad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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

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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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