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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).
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Origin of laptop

First recorded in 1980–85; lap1 + top1
Also called laptop computer.
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Related Words for laptop

laptop, workstation, minicomputer, clone, brain, calculator, mini, CPU, PC, mac, mainframe, abacus, microcomputer, analog, computer, Macintosh, palmtop, digital, micro

Examples from the Web for laptop

Contemporary Examples of laptop

Historical Examples of laptop

  • 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

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

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

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

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

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

    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
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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.

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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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