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laptop

[lap-top] /ˈlæpˌtɒp/
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).
Also called laptop computer.
Origin of laptop
1980-1985
First recorded in 1980-85; lap1 + top1
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  • I lay down on it and reached over to my bedstand to grab my laptop.

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

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

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

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  • She packed up her laptop and stepped out into the parking lot.

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British Dictionary definitions for laptop

laptop

/ˈlæpˌtɒp/
noun
1.
a personal computer that is small and light enough to be operated on the user's lap Compare palmtop computer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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laptop in Culture

laptop definition


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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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