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Meaning of “desktop” in the English Dictionary

"desktop" in British English

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desktopnoun

uk   /ˈdesk.tɒp/  us   /-tɑːp/
  • desktop noun (COMPUTING)

B2 [C] a ​view on a ​computerscreen that ​contains icons (= ​smallsymbols or ​pictures)representingfiles, ​programs, and other ​features of the ​computer: The ​menubar with ​itswindows is one of the ​features of the desktop.B2 [C] (also desktop computer) a ​type of ​computer that is ​small enough to ​fit on the ​top of a ​desk

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  • desktop noun (FURNITURE)

[C usually singular] the ​top of a ​desk
desktop
adjective [before noun] uk   us  
a desktop ​device/​printer/​system
(Definition of desktop from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"desktop" in American English

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desktopadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈdeskˌtɑp/
designed to be used on or at a ​desk, and not ​carried around: a desktop ​computer

desktopnoun [C]

 us   /ˈdesk·tɑp/
  • desktop noun [C] (WORK AREA)

the ​screenarea of a ​personalcomputer when no ​programs are being used, or the ​top of a ​desk: A ​shortcut to the ​program will be ​created on ​your desktop.
(Definition of desktop from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"desktop" in Business English

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desktopnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈdesktɒp/
the ​top of a ​desk: My desktop is too cluttered for me to be able to ​workefficiently.
IT a view on a ​computerscreen which contains icons (= ​smallsymbols or pictures) that ​representfiles, ​programs, and other ​features of the ​computer: The ​menubar is one of the ​standardfeatures of the desktop.
→  desktop computer
desktop
adjective [before noun]
a desktop ​device/​printer/​system a desktop PC
(Definition of desktop from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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