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[pahm-top] /ˈpɑmˌtɒp/
a battery-powered computer small enough to fit in the palm of the hand.
1985-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for palmtop
  • Portable satellite radio is a palmtop cornucopia of music.
  • Along the way, various attempts have been made to get users to embrace tablet and palmtop computers as well.
  • Data were recorded on palmtop computers in the field.
  • Also referred to as a palmtop, handheld computer, or pocket computer.
  • Participants completed research interviews, self-report measures, and were trained to use a palmtop computers.
  • Data are retrieved using a notebook or palmtop computer.
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A very small computer: Silicon Valley's future may hinge on winning the palmtop computer race

[1990s+ Computers; modeled on desktop, laptop]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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palmtop in Technology

(Or "pocket computer", "Hand-held Personal Computer", H/PC) A small general-purpose, programmable, battery-powered computer cabable of handling both numbers and text (in contrast to most pocket calculators) which can be operated comfortably while held in one hand. A palmtop is usually loaded with an operating system such as Windows CE. Data can be transferred between the palmtop and a desktop PC.
A palmtop is very similar to a Personal Digital Assistant though a palmptop may have a larger keyboard and more RAM and is possibly more general purpose in concept, if not in practise.
The Psion Organiser is one of the best known examples. [Was it the first?]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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