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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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British Dictionary definitions for numeric 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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Contemporary definitions for numeric keypad

a section of a computer keyboard with numbered keys like a calculator; also called numeric pad's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for numeric keypad



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

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numeric keypad in Technology

A keypad that has become a standard feature of PC keyboards, consisting of a rectangular array of 17 extra keys at the right-hand end: 0-9, ., Num Lock, /, ., -, + and Enter. Apart from Num Lock, these typically duplicate the function of other keys but are designed to make entering basic numerical calculations as quick as on a digital calculator. It is often possible to assign completely different functions to these keys according to the needs of a particular application.

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