desk·​top | \ ˈdesk-ˌtäp How to pronounce desktop (audio) \

Definition of desktop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of desktop (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of desktop in a Sentence

Noun The desktop was covered with books and stacks of papers. He created a new folder on his desktop. Adjective She is working on a desktop video project.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the court noted, Hernandez visited the Fluent website from a desktop computer. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 3 May 2022 Next to the front gate, a visibly bored police officer sat behind a desktop computer. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 For best results, the survey should be taken from a desktop computer. Megan Becka, cleveland, 17 Mar. 2022 The problem was that the backup codes were stored on his desktop computer—at his home in San Diego. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2022 Apple unveiled the Mac Studio and Mac Studio Display, a super-powered desktop computer aimed at studio creators. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2022 But the company also introduced a completely new piece of hardware on Tuesday called the Mac Studio—a small but mighty M1-powered desktop computer. Brenda Stolyar, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 Apple debuted the Mac Studio desktop computer, a middle sibling to the Mac Mini and Mac Pro computers. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 8 Mar. 2022 The rare desktop-sized options, like the 32-inch LG UltraFine OLED Pro, have targeted professionals, with price tags to match—LG's monitor sells for $4,000. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 11 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Zuckerberg said last week that the company will roll out a desktop version of its flagship social VR app, Horizon Worlds, later this year so people can experience it without a headset (the company has also talked about a mobile version of the app). Rachel Metz, CNN, 5 May 2022 Apple also a new desktop version of its personal computer called the Mac Studio that will cost $2,000 to $4,000 for the processing unit. CBS News, 8 Mar. 2022 Her son, Jim Nielsen, drove over to inspect the browser on her Acer Chromebox, the desktop version of a Chromebook. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, 6 Mar. 2022 Spotify, Telegram and WeChat, for example, open in a desktop format on the wider screen. Ben Sin, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 The product line has packed desktop-class CPU power into a small footprint, resulting in powerful hardware that can easily fit in a backpack and later hook up to a monitor. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 7 Jan. 2022 The Android version of Tumblr and the desktop version of the app appear to be unaffected by the change. Aj Dellinger, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Many first-time PWA creators create a desktop version of their app and mistakenly assume smartphone users will download their original program from the app store. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 Users can request the desktop version of, but no posting button currently appears. Paul Monckton, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of desktop


1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1958, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2022

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More Definitions for desktop


desk·​top | \ ˈdesk-ˌtäp How to pronounce desktop (audio) \

Kids Definition of desktop

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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