Definition of desktop
(Entry 1 of 2)
: the top surface of a desk
: an area or window on a computer screen in which icons are arranged in a manner analogous to objects on top of a desk
Definition of desktop (Entry 2 of 2)
: of a size that can be conveniently used on a desk or table
— compare laptop — see also desktop publishing
Examples of desktop in a Sentence
The desktop was covered with books and stacks of papers.
He created a new folder on his desktop.
She is working on a desktop video project.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun
In those days, there was no such thing as desktop computers.
Keynote live stream: Apple is streaming the event live on its website for desktop and through the Apple Events app on the Apple TV.
One evening last May in Knoxville, Tennessee, during the night of the local primary election, Dave Ball, the assistant IT director for Knox County, settled into the Naugahyde chair of his dusty home office and punched away at his desktop computer.
In that context, developing a second version of Office that’s also for desktop Windows is superfluous.
The new line of keys include four flavors with varying USB styles and NFC capability for desktop and mobile devices.
In one case, the EU ordered Microsoft to sell a version of its Windows operating system for desktops without Microsoft’s own media player bundled in.
Microsoft, once known for its dominance in desktop computer operating systems, has climbed more than 20 percent this year as investors grow increasingly confident in its push toward cloud computing.
The $16 monthly streaming subscription service, which launched in November 2017 on Roku devices, desktop and web browsers and iPhones, is now available on Amazon TV and Apple TV, the video service said Tuesday.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective
For anyone rocking a desktop PC, a new graphics card could be in order.
Deals on various laptops, desktop PC, monitors, TVs, accessories, etc.
The third doesn’t exploit any vulnerability at all in Telegram, since (1) developers are clear the desktop version doesn’t provide secret chats and (2) the malware relies on the social engineering of a user.
Microsoft is replacing the desktop version of OneNote with the Windows 10 version in Office 2019, along with making the entire Office suite only work on Windows 10.
Installing Amazon Assistant will enable desktop notifications for Prime Day deals and offer $5 off a Prime Day order of $25 or more.
The availability of applications in the Store is improving, but for now there remains large functional gaps that only desktop applications can fill.
Seeing our online readership shift from a predominantly desktop audience to a much larger smartphone audience underscored the need for our product and technology teams to prioritize mobile-first story forms.
According to NetMarketShare, Chrome is now used by 60 percent of web users, both on mobile and desktop devices, and Firefox looks respectable with 12 percent of desktops, but is almost a rounding error with only 0.6 percent of mobile devices.
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First Known Use of desktop
1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1
1958, in the meaning defined above
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English Language Learners Definition of desktop
(Entry 1 of 2)
: the top surface of a desk
: a computer that is designed to be used on a desk or table : a desktop computer
: an area or window on a computer screen in which small pictures (called icons) are arranged like objects on top of a desk
Kids Definition of desktop
: a computer that is used on a desk or table and is too big to be moved easily
: an area on a computer screen in which items are arranged as if they were objects on top of a desk
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