[ lap-top ]
/ ˈlæpˌtɒp /


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for laptop


laptop computer

/ (ˈlæpˌtɒp) /


a personal computer that is small and light enough to be operated on the user's lapCompare palmtop computer
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Cultural definitions for laptop


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

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