[ 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.

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  2. keynesian economics,
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  8. keyring drive,
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Origin of keypad

First recorded in 1965–70; key1 + pad1

Also called numeric keypad, numeric pad. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for numeric keypad


/ (ˈkiːˌpæd) /


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 numeric keypad



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

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