docking station

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a hardware device into which a portable computer is inserted for recharging or downloading data

Computing

  • noun a special base unit that allows a laptop computer to be inserted into it and provide the same resources as a desktop computer, e.g. mains power, a network adapter, connection to a full-size monitor, and extra expansion ports

Electronics

  • A base unit that a portable computer plugs into, so that the user can expand its functionalities to that of a desktop computer. Such a base has connections for a monitor, a full-sized keyboard, a printer, AC power, and so on. Also called dock (1).
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