lap·top | \ˈlap-ˌtäp \

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


He uses a laptop for business when he travels.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Snapdragon 1000 is believed to be an even more powerful laptop chip intended to go head to head with Intel's Y- and U-series Core processors. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "More details leak on “Snapdragon 1000,” Qualcomm’s chip for Windows 10 laptops," 22 June 2018 Google has also been optimizing Chrome after Microsoft publicly called out Google’s browser for being bad for laptop battery life. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Chrome now uses more RAM because of Spectre security fixes," 12 July 2018 The situation might have been different, according to the IG report, if Comey had been briefed on the Weiner laptop issue weeks earlier. Warren Richey, The Christian Science Monitor, "Inspector general on Comey: dissecting an error in judgment," 15 June 2018 The Pencil, case and keyboard add-ons will bring the price up to laptop level. Hartford Courant,, "CNET: Best Tablets Of 2018," 14 June 2018 That's defined as a shoulder bag, purse, laptop bag or other small item that is 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches or less (thanks to United for the measurements). Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Battle for the overhead bin is as fierce as ever," 15 Apr. 2018 Anxious air travelers need not fret, as one personal item such as a purse, briefcase, or laptop bag will be allowed on board. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Alaska Airlines is shrinking the size of carry-on luggage," 10 Apr. 2018 Many of us have left behind a phone charger (or even laptop charger) in our hotel room, vacation rental, or Airbnb. Southern Living, "You'll Never Leave Your Cell Phone Charger in a Hotel Room Again with This Genius Tip," 16 Mar. 2018 The social-media revolution is transferring power from traditional media gatekeepers to laptop warriors. The Economist, "How liberal democracy fell apart," 15 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Apple's premium laptop is an anomaly with its numerous Thunderbolt 3 ports—most ultrabooks have only two or three at most. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Picking the right Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C dock for your desk," 3 July 2018 Her family has the resources to afford web access, smartphones, laptops and other gadgets that keep them close. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Deported by ICE, Blue Line manager still runs hockey bar, prays with family every day," 10 June 2018 Your laptop won't be unique anymore — at least not to data companies — and that's a good thing. Madeline Buxton,, "New Updates Make Apple's Safari A Woke Browser In An Era Of Privacy Concerns," 5 June 2018 College Ave Student Loans, for example, allows parents and students to apply for a loan from their laptop or even their smartphone. Jessica Levy, USA TODAY, "Twitter poll results: who do you turn to for college tuition advice?," 10 May 2018 The organization isn’t suggesting people delete their Facebook accounts and chuck their smartphones and laptops into the bay. Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle, "Check your phone 86 times a day? Tech insiders say that’s by design," 4 May 2018 My laptop was open, playing a video of open-heart surgery, the live organ pumping, sucking, and stuck with needles. Megan Stielstra, Longreads, "Here is My Heart," 19 Apr. 2018 Most airplane power systems produce around 75 watts of power per seat, which means that your 15-inch laptop will be slow to charge, or may not even charge at all. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Problem With Personal Device Entertainment on Airplanes," 19 Apr. 2018 There are myriad reasons to want a smartphone and laptop stand, but many are cumbersome and don't travel well. Indianapolis Star, "Credit Card Sized Smartphone & Tablet Stands," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of laptop


1984, in the meaning defined above


1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of laptop was in 1984

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English Language Learners Definition of laptop

: a small computer that is designed to be easily carried


lap·top | \ˈlap-ˌtäp \

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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