Definition of desktop in English:


Line breaks: desk|top
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛsktɒp


  • 1The working surface of a desk.
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    • The height was good being only 11 mm from the desktop to the surface which would keep wrist strain at a minimum.
    • It does however have an issue that the desktop and laminated mouse surfaces don't have and that is added noise.
    • In comparison I've used a cheap laminated mat and the desktop surface itself.
  • 1.1 (also desktop computer) A computer suitable for use at an ordinary desk: a new low-end desktop
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    • This could be your web server, a desktop computer running a database client application, or both.
    • A wireless network of two laptop computers and one desktop computer will cost between €450 and €600.
    • Patients in the computer group used a desktop computer to view a multi-media presentation that included graphics and video and audio clips.
  • 1.2The working area of a computer screen regarded as a representation of a notional desktop and containing icons representing items such as files: you can now have multiple, overlapping windows on the desktop
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    • The fix requires customers to download an executable file to the desktop, and then reboot the PC.
    • Frequently users place icons on the desktop to quickly access some application, files or folders they regularly use.
    • She had put all her files and icons on her desktop.

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