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desk·top

 (dĕsk′tŏp′)
n.
1. The top of a desk.
2. Computers
a. The area of a display screen where images, windows, icons and other graphical items appear.
b. A computer that is designed to be used at a desk or table and is not easily moved, in contrast to a laptop or other portable device. Also called desktop computer.
adj.
Designed for use on a desk or table: a desktop telephone.

desktop

(ˈdɛskˌtɒp)
n
1. the main screen display on a personal computer, from which windows may be opened and programs run
2. (Computer Science) (modifier) denoting a computer system, esp for word processing, that is small enough to use at a desk

desk•top

(ˈdɛskˌtɒp)

adj.
1. made to fit or be used on a desk or table: a desktop computer.
n.
2. Computers. the primary display screen of a graphical user interface, on which various icons represent files, groups of files, programs, etc., which can be moved, accessed, added to, put away, or thrown away in ways analogous to the handling of file folders, documents, notes, etc., on a real desk.
[1925–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.desktop - the top of a deskdesktop - the top of a desk      
top side, upper side, upside, top - the highest or uppermost side of anything; "put your books on top of the desk"; "only the top side of the box was painted"
2.desktop - (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appeardesktop - (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
CRT screen, screen - the display that is electronically created on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
Translations

desktop

[ˈdesktɒp]
A. ADJ [computer] → de sobremesa, de escritorio
B. CPD desktop publishing Nautoedición f

desktop

desk-top [ˈdɛsktɒp] n (COMPUTING)
(= computer) → bureau m
(= icons) → bureau mdesktop computer nordinateur m de bureau, ordinateur m de tabledesktop publishing npublication f assistée par ordinateur, PAO f

desktop

n
Arbeitsfläche f
(Comput) → Desktop m
(= computer) = desktop computer

desktop

:
desktop computer
nDesktopcomputer m, → Desktop-Computer m, → Tischrechner m
desktop copier
nTischkopierer f
desktop publishing
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