Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pointing device consisting of a soft pad sensitized to finger movement or pressure and used especially on laptop computers as an alternative to a mouse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flat surface which is sensitive to touch, used mostly in laptop computers to control an on-screen cursor.

Etymologies

touch + pad (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Because the touchpad is physically connected to the laptop whilst the mouse isn't ...

    EeeRotate Orients Your Laptop Screen For Easy Reading | Lifehacker Australia

  • If your touchpad is Synaptics based you can install their new beta software, Scrybe.

    Get Mac-Like Scrolling And Gestures On A Windows Laptop | Lifehacker Australia

  • It took a month for someone to look at it just to tell me that my touchpad is shot and a new one needs to be ordered from Calgary.

    All the way from Calgary?

  • The video problem, plus the very erratic touchpad is so bad, I use an external USB mouse.

    Dear Mr. Dell « BuzzMachine

  • "Imagine …," he says: Dual touchscreen with multiple configurations for the bottom display: - keyboard + "touchpad" - multitrack audio mixer - dj "turntable" - accelerometer 2 X

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • Anyway, it’s an AutoHotkey script that uses Win+Z (it was the best hotkey I could come up with that I wasn’t already using; it’s easy to change) to manually open the mouse settings, toggle if the touchpad is enabled or disabled, and then save the settings.

    From The Tips Box: Bookmarked Addresses, Touchpad Hotkeys | Lifehacker Australia

  • The touchpad is a rather ingenious design: it opens the door for many new ideas in game control, but since it's behind the screen you won't be blocking the screen using it like we're used to on iOS devices.

    Ars Technica

  • When the laptop is closed, the touchpad, which is transparent, allows you to continue to see some of the screen and even to manipulate it, for working with information on the go.

  • Of course that ergonomics is also important and those buttons on the side of the touchpad are a pain.

    Crave at CNET UK

  • The highly responsive 93% standard-size keyboard, with larger keys for more comfortable typing is complemented by the wider multi-gesture touchpad, which is perfect for scrolling documents, rotating images, zooming and browsing, all with fingertip convenience.

    Engadget

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