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 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, "Making working at home work for the long haul," 28 Aug. 2020 In an effort to try out some heady psycho-visual experiment, Pollan watches a video on his laptop mid-trip. Margaret Rhodes, Wired, "On Your Next Psychedelic Journey, Let an App Be Your Guide," 10 Aug. 2020 The pandemic sped up the time frame to put laptop computers into the hands of every student in the school system, as well. Andrew Canulette,, "St. Tammany Parish School Board curious how campuses will look if coronavirus restrictions continue," 7 Aug. 2020 Younger users are already familiar with Google, not only through its popular YouTube video service and search engine, but also by using Google products like Chromebook laptop computers at school. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Here’s what TikTok may look like if Microsoft buys it," 4 Aug. 2020 They got married on April 3, and the Bellos set up a laptop camera to stream the wedding online so friends and family could follow along. Matt Villano, CNN, "Virtual weddings done right by couples undeterred by the pandemic," 22 June 2020 But Apple’s latest iPadOS update gives the iPad external mouse and trackpad support, giving you a desktop- or laptop-like cursor for the first time. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Yes, Your iPad Can Replace Your Desktop or Laptop. Here Are 5 Things to Know First," 28 May 2020 There hasn’t been a 17-inch display in the Dell XPS laptop lineup for nearly a decade—but now the company is finally bringing it back. Popular Science, "The OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone’s infrared camera is accidentally creepy," 16 May 2020 And yet the butterfly keyboard persisted, eventually finding its way into most of Apple’s ever-evolving laptop lineup. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Apple Abandons Its Breakable Butterfly Keyboard for Good," 4 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rosa Guzmán-Snyder's 7-year-old daughter Eliana watched Harris' speech from a laptop. Alisha Ebrahimji And Scottie Andrew, CNN, "The girls Kamala Harris addressed in her speech were watching closely," 9 Nov. 2020 What will happen to those who can’t do their jobs from a laptop at the kitchen table? Jill Burcum, Star Tribune, "A COVID survivor's long, uncertain journey," 3 Nov. 2020 That reporting included information allegedly obtained from the 50-year-old's laptop. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "New York Post has gained 290,000 followers since Twitter lockout," 31 Oct. 2020 The Biden camp has yet to say the emails from the laptop are fakes. Rich Lowry, National Review, "There Isn’t a Russian under Every Bed," 23 Oct. 2020 But the story – based on material from a laptop that Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, discovered – has come under fire for relying on questionable sources and documents. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "From taxes to court-packing: Outstanding questions that will haunt Trump and Biden in final debate," 22 Oct. 2020 Trump brought up The New York Post stories about Hunter Biden’s lobbying activities, purportedly taken from a laptop belonging to him. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "Lesley Stahl Blew Her Chance to Eviscerate Trump," 22 Oct. 2020 This week the New York Post published a story centered on information stolen from a laptop that purportedly belonged to Hunter Biden, and that has a high likelihood of being part a disinformation operation. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: A Cut Cable Knocked Out Virginia's Voter Registration Site," 17 Oct. 2020 The Post says the emails were part of a trove of data recovered from a laptop that was dropped off at a computer repair shop in Delaware in April 2019. Eric Tucker And Stephen Braun, Anchorage Daily News, "AP Explains: Trump seizes on dubious Biden-Ukraine story," 16 Oct. 2020

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1984, in the meaning defined above


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“Laptop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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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