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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, numeric pad.
Origin of keypad
1965-70; key1 + pad1 Unabridged
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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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