Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A computer that is small enough to fit in the palm of one's hand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a personal digital assistant

Etymologies

palm1 + (lap)top.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
palm + top, as used in one's palm; by analogy with desktop and laptop (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The two can communicate wirelessly, but more interestingly they can be coupled such that "there is minimal increase to the overall size and weight" of the palmtop -- in other words, the "phone" bit isn't particularly large, making it more comfortable to hold up to your face in a conversation than your

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  •  Handheld computer that is also known as a palmtop computer.

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  • The palmtop was a tiny Compaq, the same model Lauren used to keep track of her schedule.

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  • That middle ground has been more of a burial ground for such past ventures as tablet PCs running Microsoft Windows software and "palmtop" computers with miniaturized keyboards.

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  • " The palmtop was a tiny Compaq, the same model Lauren used to keep track of her schedule.

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  • If you can validate spending three times the cash for something a bit less wieldy in situations where you are constantly on the go, need it to be able to be used as a palmtop, etc, go ahead -- but for those of us using these, and able to enjoy them, the validationisn't there, and neither is it there for Apple's excuses as to why they won't create one of these beauties themselves.

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  • I'll keep a netbook or palmtop for notetaking and small-scale surfing, but I'll never spend too much money on those, knowing that I'll need to replace the whole unit at some point.

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  • Finally I sprang for a palmtop computer and began making notes at the reception desk so I wouldn't forget what I was seeing and hearing.

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  • Mobile phones, palmtop computers, flip video cameras? even games consoles? have all become part of the classroom furniture in recent years and are helping to establish mobile learning as a teaching method in its own right.

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