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

Victoria Bogner puts away her laptop bag and other reminders of work to immerse herself in weekend time with her husband, Luke, and their children. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Turn Your Weekends Into Mini-Vacations," 26 Mar. 2019 Apple has brought the MacBook Air back to life today, announcing the first proper refresh of its super thin laptop line in three years during its October hardware event. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple announces new MacBook Air with Retina display starting at $1,199," 30 Oct. 2018 Seats can be heated or cooled, and there was plenty of space in both the front and the back for my legs and my laptop bag. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Recuperating power: Charging a prototype Audi e-tron with kinetic energy," 7 Aug. 2018 While there was some experimentation during the Windows 8 days, the industry appears to have settled on a common 2-in-1 form factor that provides some tablet functionality alongside a more traditional laptop format. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Apple’s new MacBook Air faces strong Windows and iPad competition," 4 Nov. 2018 The Pencil, case and keyboard add-ons will bring the price up to laptop level., The Seattle Times, "Best tablets of 2018 (so far)," 24 Sep. 2018 More iPads are sold than any other company’s entire laptop lineup! Nilay Patel, The Verge, "Apple iPad Pro review 2018: the fastest iPad is still an iPad," 5 Nov. 2018 The Pencil, case and keyboard add-ons will bring the price up to laptop level., The Seattle Times, "Best tablets of 2018 (so far)," 24 Sep. 2018 For more options, be sure to check out our best laptop recommendations. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Grab an Acer 2-in-1 laptop with an SSD and a modern Core i3 for $460 at Staples," 31 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Same with your laptop, TV, stereo, game console, and any other electronic device. Barbara Eldredge, Curbed, "How to save on utility bills," 25 Jan. 2019 There's no Touch Bar on the new MacBook Air, but there is Touch ID functionality for signing in to the laptop more quickly. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple updates MacBook Air with Retina display, Touch ID," 30 Oct. 2018 The new laptops include screens with True Tone technology, which shifts colors automatically based on the surrounding physical environment. Mark Gurman / Bloomberg, Time, "Apple Just Quietly Launched a Brand New MacBook Pro Laptop Lineup," 12 July 2018 One of the best business/consumer crossover laptops, the HP EliteBook x360 takes the lead on security with a useful on-demand privacy filter. Hartford Courant,, "CNET: Best Laptops For Maintaining Your Privacy," 5 July 2018 Kovach had used police resources to track down the laptop. Paula Rogo,, "Ohio Cop Fired For Pulling Over His Daughter’s Black Boyfriend Without Cause," 23 June 2018 The laptop connects to a dozen cameras set up around San Francisco, from the top of the Ferry Building to the Cliff House to capture the full urban panoply. San Francisco Chronicle, "Atop Salesforce Tower, one of the world’s highest works of public art comes to light," 20 May 2018 The laptops that were purchased previously were $1,200 to $1,300 per device. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "West Aurora plans for every student from fourth grade up to have Chromebook," 18 May 2018 That computer reaches 150 petaflops, several thousand times as much processing power as a typical laptop. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Will Get the World's First Exascale Computer in 2021," 20 Mar. 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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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 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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