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


He uses a laptop for business when he travels.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Thus, laptop manufacturers see 144Hz monitors as the next level for sales. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Navigating the hazy world of gaming laptops in 2019," 19 Aug. 2019 On Monday, detectives served a search warrant at the home and found $40,000 in suspected stolen retail merchandise and $30,000 in suspected stolen property, including 25 laptop computers, purses and cameras. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Authorities bust Bay Area-wide retail theft ring," 22 Aug. 2019 The Futurefön’s page showed a sleek, palm-sized touchscreen that slotted into a laptop dock, then folded flat and flipped open again, revealing a second screen and a full-sized laptop keyboard. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The crowdfunded phone of the future was a multimillion-dollar scam," 13 Aug. 2019 Two trunks provide a decent amount of storage, including the 12.6-cubic-foot rear trunk, which has space for two medium-size golf bags or an airline-spec carry-on and a laptop bag. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray debut a moon shot," 23 July 2019 But unlike other full tablets with keyboard attachments, this keyboard has a much nicer and more laptop-like hinge. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "HP Chromebook x2 review: semi-pro," 27 Sep. 2018 The front trunk can fit an airline carry-on bag and a laptop bag, according to GM. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "GM unveils a radically new Corvette," 18 July 2019 Looking to the future, Intel displayed a new two-screen concept laptop PC design, codenamed Honeycomb Glacier, that features a second, narrower display below the hinge of the notebook’s main display and above the keyboard in the lower half. Michelle Maltais, USA TODAY, "The games were the star of E3, but gaming PCs were center stage," 15 June 2019 Microsoft removed Huawei’s laptop lineup from its online store last month, following a new executive order to crack down on the Chinese tech company. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Huawei laptops return to Microsoft’s online store after mysteriously disappearing," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The most recent makeover saw the addition of benches with armrests that double as laptop tables. Justin Phillips,, "Multibillion-dollar startup Brex opens a restaurant in San Francisco," 11 Sep. 2019 In 2008, he was arrested after handing a laptop case containing cocaine to an undercover police officer. Elvia Malagón,, "Deported Army vet hopeful he’ll be allowed to return to Chicago after governor’s pardon," 4 Sep. 2019 The decision followed Virgin Australia's saying this week that all Apple laptops would be banned from checked luggage. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple’s Planned iPhone Unveiling Overshadows Other Big News," 31 Aug. 2019 The new laptop would mark Apple’s largest since the 17-inch MacBook Pro was discontinued in 2012. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Apple readies camera-focused Pro iPhones, new iPads, larger MacBook Pro," 31 Aug. 2019 Bracero applied for medical retirement, but instead was reassigned to jobs that involved making copies and inventorying laptops in a windowless room. Tess Sheets,, "3 female Orlando officers injured on duty accuse OPD of gender bias | Exclusive," 27 Aug. 2019 This isn't the first time that Apple laptops have been prohibited from aircrafts. Megan Uy, House Beautiful, "You Might Not Be Able To Bring Your MacBook Pro On An Airplane Now And Here's Why," 19 Aug. 2019 Oculus, a virtual reality technology company, also donated 200 ocular headsets and 200 laptops to the program. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Future Urban Leaders immerses African American students into the world of design and more," 19 Aug. 2019 Restrictions on MacBook Pro laptops on flights spread, with Qantas Airways Ltd. barring some models from checked-in luggage on concern that batteries could catch fire. Angus Whitley, Fortune, "More Airlines Are Banning Some Apple Laptops from Checked Luggage," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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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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