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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The heart of RF-Pose is a laptop-sized radio transmitter. Kate Baggaley /, NBC News, "Smart technology sees through walls to track and identify people," 8 July 2018 In addition to vast timber, copper and gold reserves, the country produces more than half the world’s cobalt, a key component of smartphone and laptop batteries. The Editorial Page, WSJ, "The Congo’s Crooked Contest," 2 Jan. 2019 Some laptops can now be unlocked with a fingerprint scan. Dee-ann Durbin, The Seattle Times, "Hertz, Clear partner to speed rentals with biometric scans," 12 Dec. 2018 Take the Brett Kavanaugh story, for example—one that left many women weeping at their TVs and laptops (while alternately raging at the patriarchy). Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Jessica Yellin Is a Veteran Reporter Out to Change the Way You Get Your News," 20 Nov. 2018 When one of the bots recently detected a suspected thief attempting to steal company laptops late at night, humans were still very much involved. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Is this robot really going to replace a security guard?," 8 Oct. 2018 Well, for one, the shoulder bag is far less cumbersome than those black-hole totes made for lugging laptops and liter bottles of water. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Hottest Bag of the Late ’90s Is Back," 9 Oct. 2018 Her family stocked up on canned food, water and candles and covered their TV, laptops and appliances in plastic bags. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "AP WAS THERE: 2013 typhoon kills thousands in Philippines," 15 Sep. 2018 Sheldon—overcome by an enormous sense of urgency—tells Amy to run and get her laptop. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 6 Dec. 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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English Language Learners Definition of laptop

: a small computer that is designed to be easily carried


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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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