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laptop

[ lap-top ]
/ ˈlæpˌtɒp /
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noun
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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Also called laptop computer .

Origin of laptop

First recorded in 1980–85; lap1 + top1
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British Dictionary definitions for laptop

laptop

laptop computer

/ (ˈlæpˌtɒp) /

noun
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

laptop

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

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