small or compact enough to fit or be used on a :
a desktop calendar.
the surface of a desk.
the main screen display on a personal computer, from which windows may be opened and programs run
(modifier) denoting a computer system, esp for word processing, that is small enough to use at a desk
1929, from desk + top. As an adjective meaning “suitable for use on a desktop,” it is recorded from 1958 (in reference to computers). As a shortening of desktop computer, recorded from 1983. Desktop publishing recorded from 1984.
1. In a WIMP graphical user interface, the visual representation of a real desktop (the top surface of a piece of furniture) with documents, folders and a rubbish bin arranged on it. The user manipulates files on the computer by using a mouse to click and drag their representations (icons) on the desktop.
The WIMP interface and desktop metaphor was invented at Xerox PARC and popularised by the Apple Macintosh.
2. desktop computer.
tool A command-driven interactive graphing program. Gnuplot can plot two-dimensional functions and data points in many different styles (points, lines, error bars); and three-dimensional data points and surfaces in many different styles (contour plot, mesh). It supports complex arithmetic and user-defined functions and can label title, axes, and data points. It can output to several […]
- Gnu privacy guard
GNU’s encryption and digital signature tool intended to be a free replacement for PGP. (2003-04-12)
- Gnu problem report management system
programming (GNATS) GNU’s bug tracking system. Users who experience problems use electronic mail, web-based or other clients communicating with the GNATS network daemon running at the support site, or direct database submissions to communicate these problems to maintainers at that Support Site. (http://gnu.org/software/gnats). (2002-06-12)
- Gnu public licence
legal Properly known as the General Public License. Improperly known as the General Public Virus. (1995-05-04)