Definition of desktop in English:

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desktop

Pronunciation: /ˈdeskˌtäp/

noun

1The working surface of a desk.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • That's why I think all desktop antivirus apps should now include some type of firewall.
  • Any authenticated server, desktop or laptop can now use storage resources.
  • Not much separates the workstation I use for photo editing from a good Linux desktop.
1.2The working area of a computer screen regarded as a representation of a notional desktop and containing icons representing items such as files and a wastebasket.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: desk·top

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