desktop

noun
desk·​top | \ ˈdesk-ˌtäp How to pronounce desktop (audio) \

Definition of desktop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the top surface of a desk also : an area or window on a computer screen in which icons are arranged in a manner analogous to objects on top of a desk
2 : a desktop computer

desktop

adjective

Definition of desktop (Entry 2 of 2)

: of a size that can be conveniently used on a desk or table desktop computers — compare laptop — see also desktop publishing

Examples of desktop in a Sentence

Noun The desktop was covered with books and stacks of papers. He created a new folder on his desktop. Adjective She is working on a desktop video project.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To configure all of the available options, from the desktop interface go to Settings and more, Settings, and Notifications. David Nield, Wired, 21 Nov. 2021 Also, Qualcomm plans to scale its Adreno GPU tech to meet the needs of Windows PCs, including desktop-class gaming support. Chris Smith, BGR, 17 Nov. 2021 Microsoft’s share of the operating systems for desktop PCs market has been in steady decline for years. David Trainer, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 CNNGo platforms include OTT Apps (Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV, Android TV), mobile apps (iOS , Android), and computer (desktop). Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, 5 Nov. 2021 Across the room, Rittenhouse appeared to look away from his desktop monitor and cast his eyes downward as the video showed Rosenbaum bleeding from the head, groaning loudly. CBS News, 5 Nov. 2021 At her office in Groton’s municipal building, city planner Leslie Creane keeps a striking image as her computer desktop background: a house on stilts, raised up at least 15 feet. Alex Putterman, courant.com, 4 Nov. 2021 Across the room, Rittenhouse appeared to look away from his desktop monitor and cast his eyes downward as the video showed Rosenbaum bleeding from the head, groaning loudly. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 4 Nov. 2021 Though users are turning to mobile more and more often, desktop notifications still drive website traffic, too. The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Many first-time PWA creators create a desktop version of their app and mistakenly assume smartphone users will download their original program from the app store. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 Users can request the desktop version of Instagram.com, but no posting button currently appears. Paul Monckton, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Drag and drop between apps – Apple is bringing some desktop functionality to the iPhone. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 20 Oct. 2021 There are plans for a desktop version that would cost closer to two or three thousand. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 This is a welcome addition to iOS and should provide mobile users with a more desktop-style user experience. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 20 July 2021 Beginning Thursday, the company will start testing the redesigns with some American users on the desktop version of its app. Barbara Ortutay, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 July 2021 Beginning Thursday, the company will start testing the redesigns with some U.S. users on the desktop version of its app. Barbara Ortutay, chicagotribune.com, 1 July 2021 Nothing can make or break a desktop PC setup like the wrong keyboard. Jess Grey, Wired, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of desktop

Noun

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1958, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of desktop was in 1925

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“Desktop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/desktop. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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desktop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of desktop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the top surface of a desk
: a computer that is designed to be used on a desk or table : a desktop computer
: an area or window on a computer screen in which small pictures (called icons) are arranged like objects on top of a desk

desktop

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of desktop (Entry 2 of 2)

: of a size that is suitable to be used on a desk or table
: done using a personal computer

desktop

noun
desk·​top | \ ˈdesk-ˌtäp How to pronounce desktop (audio) \

Kids Definition of desktop

1 : the top of a desk
2 : a computer that is used on a desk or table and is too big to be moved easily
3 : an area on a computer screen in which items are arranged as if they were objects on top of a desk

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