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lap·​top ˈlap-ˌtäp How to pronounce laptop (audio)
: of a size and design that makes operation and use on one's lap convenient compare desktop


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

Example Sentences

Noun He uses a laptop for business when he travels.
Recent Examples on the Web
This bag deserves an A+ for its waterproof material and padded laptop sleeve. Sarah Kester, Travel + Leisure, 26 May 2023 What to Consider The laptop sleeve could use a little more padding. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 27 Apr. 2023 The chest strap fits nicely, and the laptop sleeve has help up in protecting our computer. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 24 Apr. 2023 On the inside of the bag is also a deeply padded laptop sleeve that keeps your devices tightly secured. John Thompson, Men's Health, 14 Mar. 2023 What to Consider: The laptop sleeve isn’t padded or zippered. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 4 Apr. 2023 Second, the bag's clamshell opening allows for easy access to the laptop sleeve and for the ability to roll your clothes up and bag them down into the bag tightly. John Thompson, Men's Health, 14 Mar. 2023 The separate zipper access to the laptop sleeve is the BEST ever for flying! Women's Health, 3 Mar. 2023 There are a total of seven interior compartments within the main cavity, including a padded laptop sleeve that holds devices up to 13 inches, and a rear exterior slip pocket. Rena Behar, Travel + Leisure, 17 Feb. 2023
Portable monitors are designed to extend your display — whether that’s from a phone, laptop, or tablet. Jill Schildhouse, Travel + Leisure, 6 June 2023 Our testers could sit beneath it without needing sunglasses and use their laptops without changing the brightness. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 June 2023 The White House and congressional Democrats have questioned the legitimacy of some information purported to be from the laptop and called the inquiries hyper-partisan. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 3 June 2023 He’s accused of moving their bodies, burning his tent and campsite, and destroying information on his laptop after the April 2022 slayings, which set the community on edge as detectives spent months piecing together their case before making an arrest. Steven Porter,, 24 May 2023 Today, with cloud services, researchers can do this work at home from a laptop. Lois Parshley, Scientific American, 16 May 2023 The idea is to give people a regular laptop that can pull double-duty as an eReader. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 10 May 2023 Hardy, 35, who had been assigned to help Antonio, liked to sit in his hospital room, typing on her laptop. Lizzie Johnson, Washington Post, 3 May 2023 On the right end of the table, the comforting, familiar sight of my dad’s bald head and gaze focused on his laptop brought me a flood of emotion. Leo Dominguez, New York Times, 3 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1984, in the meaning defined above


1984, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laptop was in 1984

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Cite this Entry

“Laptop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
lap·​top -ˌtäp How to pronounce laptop (audio)
: of a size and design that makes use on one's lap convenient


2 of 2 noun
: a portable computer that is small enough to use on one's lap, has its main components (as keyboard and display screen) combined in one unit, and can run on battery power

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