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desktop

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noun desk·top \ ˈdesk-ˌtäp \

Definition of desktop

1 :the top surface of a desk; also :an area or window on a computer screen in which icons are arranged in a manner analogous to objects on top of a desk
2 :a desktop computer

Examples of desktop in a Sentence

  1. The desktop was covered with books and stacks of papers.

  2. He created a new folder on his desktop.

Recent Examples of desktop from the Web

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First Known Use of desktop

1925


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desktop

adjective

Definition of desktop

:of a size that can be conveniently used on a desk or table
  • desktop computers
— compare laptop

Examples of desktop in a Sentence

  1. She is working on a desktop video project.

Recent Examples of desktop from the Web

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First Known Use of desktop

1958


DESKTOP Defined for English Language Learners

desktop

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noun

Definition of desktop for English Language Learners

  • : the top surface of a desk

  • : a computer that is designed to be used on a desk or table : a desktop computer

  • : an area or window on a computer screen in which small pictures (called icons) are arranged like objects on top of a desk


desktop

adjective

Definition of desktop for English Language Learners

  • : of a size that is suitable to be used on a desk or table

  • : done using a personal computer


DESKTOP Defined for Kids

desktop

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noun desk·top \ ˈdesk-ˌtäp \

Definition of desktop for Students

1 :the top of a desk
2 :a computer that is used on a desk or table and is too big to be moved easily
3 :an area on a computer screen in which items are arranged as if they were objects on top of a desk


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