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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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Examples from the web for laptop
  • They'd been taught to interact with the robot, which was tethered to a laptop.
  • But once delivered to a site, it is almost as self-contained as any laptop.
  • The ability to manage your system from your laptop at home is seductive, but is not a realistic piece of risk-taking.
  • It takes five minutes to hook up the recorder to laptop and upload the file to one's website.
  • If you don't want to lug the laptop along then here are two possible solutions.
  • If any hazardous stress occurs, data sent from the wireless sensors will sound an alarm from a nearby laptop computer.
  • The natural warmth melts into my bones and suddenly, the busy laptop of my mind switches off.
  • What works in one cell phone or laptop should work in another.
  • In size, it is startlingly similar to a laptop computer, though a bit thicker.
  • Broadband is everywhere and you might use a tablet or a laptop to surf the web.
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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