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[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).
Also called laptop computer.
Origin of laptop
1980-85; lap1 + top1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A minute later, I had the case open and the keyboard removed and I was staring at the guts of my laptop.

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  • I lay down on it and reached over to my bedstand to grab my laptop.

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  • Kurt shifted his laptop to the back seat, mindful of the cords and the antenna.

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

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  • So she picked up her laptop and started to work through her mountain of email.

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British Dictionary definitions for laptop


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 American Heritage® 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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laptop in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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