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 for desktop
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  desktop
      n 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, desktop, screen background]

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  desktop
  
     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.
  
     (2007-09-12)
  

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