lap·​top | \ ˈlap-ˌtäp How to pronounce laptop (audio) \

Definition of laptop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of a size and design that makes operation and use on one's lap convenient — compare desktop



Definition of laptop (Entry 2 of 2)

: a portable microcomputer having its main components (such as processor, keyboard, and display screen) integrated into a single unit capable of battery-powered operation

Examples of laptop in a Sentence

Noun He uses a laptop for business when he travels.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Its flagship announcement was a $1,599 Surface Laptop Studio that can change from laptop mode to a position better for streaming TV shows and another for drawing or sketching. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 5 Oct. 2021 Integrating its newest and best-performing graphics technology with the processor chips should improve laptop performance without hogging as much battery power as separate graphics chips require. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 1 June 2021 The module designs are based on the M.2 format, which is commonly used in laptop PCs for adding SSD drives (and other modems) and can be easily integrated into other devices. Bob O'donnell, Forbes, 19 May 2021 Considering most laptop webcams are of low quality (720p or lower resolution), that makes video shot with the 1080p camera noticeably smoother. Ben Sin, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Hampton said laptop donations from corporations that are no longer using as many computers due to a shift to remote work will help her daughter donate more laptops to kids in need across the country. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 25 Mar. 2021 One last bit of news for people who need their gaming to go: The laptop version of the Radeon RX 6000 is coming soon. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 3 Mar. 2021 There also have been laptop giveaways in partnership with Microsoft, and former Alabama All-American Mark Barron worked with TAP to provide 15 families in the Mobile area with $1,000 apiece for Christmas. Mark Inabinett |, al, 10 Mar. 2021 One quick and crucial upgrade Weiner recommends for people who work from laptops is a laptop stand paired with an external keyboard and mouse. Lauren Leazenby Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, 28 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Upcoming host Kieran Culkin is introducing himself to cast member Heidi Gardner, who’s busy on her laptop. Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2021 All his flannels gained sentience and hacked into my laptop to blackmail me. Ashley Bardhan, Vulture, 26 Nov. 2021 Officials believe a person from another state was given access to the room, plugged their private laptop into the computer network and downloaded the data, officials said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 26 Nov. 2021 Tote your laptop around town in style with the Waterfield Designs Tech Folio Brief. Chris Hachey, BGR, 24 Nov. 2021 Inside the vast and almost empty Met auditorium, Peter Gelb, the company’s general manager, typed on his laptop near the back of the theater. New York Times, 19 Nov. 2021 Roman walks into an adjoining room to call his sister, Shiv (Sarah Snook), and in the background Gerri opens up her laptop. Josh Duboff, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Nov. 2021 Please don’t try to run a hybrid meeting off your laptop. Antonia Bowring, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 More than 30 images and videos were found on his laptop, court records say. Eileen Kelley,, 4 Nov. 2021

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“Laptop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of laptop

: a small computer that is designed to be easily carried


lap·​top | \ ˈlap-ˌtäp How to pronounce laptop (audio) \

Kids Definition of laptop

: a small portable computer that can run on battery power and has the main parts (as keyboard and display screen) combined into a single unit

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