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laptop

[lap-top]
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noun
  1. a portable computer, usually battery-powered, small enough to rest on the user's lap and having a screen that closes over the keyboard like a lid.Compare tablet(def 6).

Origin of laptop

First recorded in 1980–85; lap1 + top1
Also called laptop computer.
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  • I lay down on it and reached over to my bedstand to grab my laptop.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • I kept on using my laptop, though I got a skin-crawly feeling when I used it.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • Rip off my laptop, smash it with hammers and soak it in sea-water.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • Crash -- I'd always dreamt of killing a laptop with a hammer, and here I was doing it.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • She opened her laptop and began to price out last minute tickets.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for laptop

laptop

laptop computer

noun
  1. a personal computer that is small and light enough to be operated on the user's lapCompare palmtop computer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for laptop

also lap-top, as a type of portable computer, 1984, from lap (n.) + top (1), on model of desktop.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

laptop in Culture

laptop

A portable, compact personal computer that can run on a battery.

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