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 After logging into Facebook on your desktop or laptop, click the drop-down arrow in the upper righthand corner of your newsfeed. Dana Rose Falcone, chicagotribune.com, "How to delete your Facebook profile," 23 Feb. 2021 Replace Whitson with the name of your user folder at the end of that command to get the file on your desktop. Whitson Gordon, Wired, "6 Clever Ways to Use the Windows Command Prompt," 20 Feb. 2021 Right-click on your desktop and select Personalize. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "5 new Windows 10 features to try right now," 18 Jan. 2021 The final Optane desktop SSDs will ship on February 26. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Intel quietly kills its face-melting Optane desktop SSDs," 19 Jan. 2021 Why not scale down the beer pong drinking game to fit on a desktop? Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, "Essential Minnesota gift guide: 61 perfect picks while we're all home for the holidays," 27 Nov. 2020 Big Sur introduces a notable visual redesign for the user interface and many apps, including an iOS- and iPadOS-like notification center panel on the desktop. Samuel Axon And Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "macOS 11 Big Sur launches on November 12," 10 Nov. 2020 Formlabs charges $3,500 to $14,500 for its 3-D printers, most of which can fit on a desktop. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "These Firms Are in No Rush to Say ‘Made in the U.S.A.’," 23 Oct. 2020 This jack-of-all-trades monitor functions well in a home office and can be easily connected to your laptop or serve equally well as a secondary monitor for your desktop computer. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "HP 23er review: Can this affordable monitor help with productivity?," 22 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The desktop version of Edge doesn’t include the password-generating feature yet. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft Edge can now auto-generate passwords, but only via your phone," 16 Dec. 2020 Just over 60 percent of those were desktop, 32 percent mobile and just under seven percent tablet users. cleveland, "Elf on the Shelf comes to life in Avon: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 12 Dec. 2020 Bryant said that while consumers and business snapped up all the laptops as the pandemic hit, Intel also saw desktop growth during Q2 and Q3. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel welcomes AMD and Arm competition, because the PC clearly isn't dead," 9 Dec. 2020 Typically, Intel launches a mobile version of a new processor architecture in the fall, following it up with the launch of a desktop version sometime in the spring. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel confirms 'Rocket Lake' desktop chips will offer double-digit performance improvements," 29 Oct. 2020 Typically, Intel launches a mobile version of a new processor architecture in the fall, following it up with the launch of a desktop version sometime in the spring. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel confirms 'Rocket Lake' desktop chips will offer double-digit performance improvements," 29 Oct. 2020 The system's desktop idle power consumption increased about 10W—but the increase affected our older Ryzen 9 3900XT CPU, as well as the two new Zen 3 parts. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "AMD’s Zen 3 CPUs are here—we test the blistering-fast 5900X and 5950X," 5 Nov. 2020 Typically, Intel launches a mobile version of a new processor architecture in the fall, following it up with the launch of a desktop version sometime in the spring. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel confirms 'Rocket Lake' desktop chips will offer double-digit performance improvements," 29 Oct. 2020 Typically, Intel launches a mobile version of a new processor architecture in the fall, following it up with the launch of a desktop version sometime in the spring. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel confirms 'Rocket Lake' desktop chips will offer double-digit performance improvements," 29 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of desktop was in 1925

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28 Feb 2021

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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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