desktop

noun
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

desktop

adjective

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Such a computer would be a million times faster than a typical desktop and could dramatically advance scientific and artificial intelligence research. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Will Get the World's First Exascale Computer in 2021," 20 Mar. 2019 For desktop processors, the i7 branding denotes chips with hyperthreading enabled, running two threads on each core. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Leaked benchmarks show Intel is dropping hyperthreading from i7 chips," 25 July 2018 Speaking of which, find an hour this weekend to do a quick and easy audit of your mobile and desktop apps. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Security News This Week: A Facebook Bug Unblocked Users for a Week," 7 July 2018 Its DeX and DeX Pad, for example, turn Samsung Galaxy phones into what essentially amounts to a desktop computer. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Samsung’s 2019 TVs will support input devices, like keyboards and mice for your PC," 27 Dec. 2018 Not in the eyes of Los Angeles artists and brothers Simon and Nikolai Haas, who’ve sheathed a slicer in a desktop caddy that doubles as art. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Maison & Objet 2019: Best in Show From the Paris Design Fair," 25 Jan. 2019 That technology lets users access a specific desktop that’s saved on a centralized server. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Samsung’s 2019 TVs will support input devices, like keyboards and mice for your PC," 27 Dec. 2018 The project, just launched on Kickstarter, is a small desktop 3D printer that connects to 3D graphics software, allowing people to craft refined objects like vases, light fixtures, and detailed buddha heads. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "New 3D printer takes the mess out of ceramics," 11 Dec. 2018 This year, more than 429,000 of you made your voices heard, via desktop, laptop, tablet, and smartphone. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Do the Readers' Choice Awards Work?," 9 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Buyers might be buying fewer desktops, as evidenced by the fact that desktop PC sales grew just 3 percent. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel addresses processor shortages, CEO hunt after reporting disappointing fourth-quarter results," 24 Jan. 2019 Groupy is available for $4.99 on its own or as part of Stardock’s Object Desktop, which also gives you the Fences utility to help organize your desktop icons. Tom Warren, The Verge, "The 9 best apps for your new Windows PC," 27 Dec. 2018 The desktop version of Chrome 71 is available now, and versions for Android and Chrome OS will be coming in the next few weeks. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Google releases Chrome 71 with features to block abusive ads," 5 Dec. 2018 Another issue: The participants in the study were using a desktop version of the app in a computer in the clinic—not on their own phones and on their own time. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "The FDA Thinks This App Could Help People With Opioid Use Disorder Stay in Recovery," 17 Dec. 2018 The games will be available on @adidasFballUS on both mobile and desktop devices, and will be accompanied by a Twitter timeline with additional coverage and tweets. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Adidas is partnering with Twitter to stream high school football games," 19 Aug. 2018 For anyone rocking a desktop PC, a new graphics card could be in order. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "The 5 best deals in Newegg's Early Black Friday Sale," 2 Nov. 2018 Deals on various laptops, desktop PC, monitors, TVs, accessories, etc. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Memorial Day sales on TVs, laptops, and more are underway [Updated]," 28 May 2018 The third doesn’t exploit any vulnerability at all in Telegram, since (1) developers are clear the desktop version doesn’t provide secret chats and (2) the malware relies on the social engineering of a user. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "It has been a bad week for encrypted messaging and it’s only Wednesday," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of desktop

Noun

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1958, in the meaning defined above

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desktop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of desktop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of desktop (Entry 2 of 2)

: of a size that is suitable to be used on a desk or table
: done using a personal computer

desktop

noun
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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