Meaning of “desktop” in the English Dictionary

"desktop" in British English

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desktopnoun

uk /ˈdesk.tɒp/ us /ˈdesk.tɑːp/

desktop noun (COMPUTING)

B2 [ C ] a view on a computer screen that contains icons (= small symbols or pictures) representing files, programs, and other features of the computer:

The menu bar with its windows 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)

desktop
adjective [ before noun ] uk us

(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/

desktop adjective [ not gradable ] (FOR USE IN ONE PLACE)

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 screen area of a personal computer 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 /ˈdesktɒp/ us

the top of a desk:

My desktop is too cluttered for me to be able to work efficiently.

IT a view on a computer screen which contains icons (= small symbols or pictures) that represent files, programs, and other features of the computer:

The menu bar is one of the standard features of the desktop.

→  desktop computer

desktop
adjective [ before noun ]

a desktop PC

(Definition of “desktop” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)