A plus-shaped directional input pad on a video game controller that allows for eight degrees of movement, now largely superseded by the thumbstick. (noun)
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Use "d-pad" in a sentence
"A proper, old-fashioned 2D platformer with ledges and enemies and timed swings and all the things that make you cry out for a nice crisp d-pad and a decently sprung jump button."
"The clamshell device will allegedly sport a super high-resolution display, features a full QWERTY keyboard along with what looks like a touch sensitive d-pad and button arrangement, and may run atop a custom Linux build."
"While these games have been available for the iPod Classic and iPod nano, these new versions offer high-resolution graphics and three different ways to control the action: the virtual d-pad, touch-screen or by using the built-in accelerometer by tilting the device in a given direction."