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Definition of "desktop" []

  • The top of a desk. (noun)
  • Computer Science The background image of a display screen, on which windows, icons, and other graphical items appear. (noun)
  • Designed for use on a desk or table: a desktop telephone; a desktop computer. (adjective)
  • The main screen display on a personal computer, from which windows may be opened and programs run (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Denoting a computer system, esp for word processing, that is small enough to use at a desk (noun)

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Use "desktop" in a sentence
  • "Because all users can save their own desktop settings program will create SAV file in this format: (in Application folder) [machinename] _desktop_ [username]. sav"
  • "My main desktop is a well resourced MS-Windows XP-Pro system."
  • "The decision by HP to not use the term desktop-as-a-service, said Sloan, probably means potential customers "can look more broadly at the principle with is to abstract your desktop experience from one piece of hardware.""