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[kee-pad] /ˈkiˌpæd/
a separate section on some computer keyboards, grouping together numeric keys and those for mathematical or other special functions in an arrangement like that of a calculator.
a panel similarly keyed and used in conjunction with a television set, electronic banking machine, or other electronic device.
Also called numeric keypad.
Origin of keypad
1965-70; key1 + pad1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for keypad
  • They then have to press a keypad to indicate when a dot has appeared on the screen.
  • And since the keypad is flat, there are no tactile hints as to where the keys are located.
  • Ruby bearings under each keypad ensure precise key press.
  • It doesn't take incoming calls, and there's no keypad or display.
  • The keypad no longer functions, and it cannot make or receive calls or text messages.
  • The customer uses the keypad to accept or decline the dollar amount that was keyed into the system.
  • Use of the numeric keypad will depend on the particular communications software you are using.
  • The variable dos-keypad-mode is a flag variable that controls what key codes are returned by keys in the numeric keypad.
  • Enter the number for the filing status claimed on your return using the touchtone phone keypad.
  • Remove the keypad, headset and power cord from the back.
British Dictionary definitions for keypad


a small keyboard with push buttons, as on a pocket calculator, remote control unit for a television, etc
(computing) a data input device consisting of a limited number of keys, each with nominated functions
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Word Origin and History for keypad

1975, from key (n.1) + pad (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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keypad in Technology

An input device with a small array of push buttons labeled with numbers or other symbols, designed to allow rapid entry of characters from a small set, e.g. decimal digits 0-9 or, historically, hexadecimal digits.
The most common form of keypad is the numeric keypad found on a standard PC keyboard.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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