AskDefine | Define desktop

Dictionary Definition



1 the top of a desk
2 (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear [syn: background, screen background]

User Contributed Dictionary



desk + top


  1. The top surface of a desk.
  2. A desktop computer.
  3. The on-screen background containing icons and windows embedded in wallpaper.


the top surface of a desk
a desktop computer
on-screen background

Related terms


  1. Designed for use on a desk or similar piece of furniture.
  2. Of an application, converted to be carried out on a personal computer.

Extensive Definition

Desktop may refer literally to the surface of a desk.
The information technology term desktop may refer to:
desktop in Catalan: Escriptori
desktop in German: Desktop
desktop in Spanish: Escritorio (desambiguación)
desktop in French: Desktop
desktop in Korean: 데스크톱
desktop in Italian: Desktop
desktop in Dutch: Desktop
desktop in Turkish: Desktop
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