Any computer can overheat, but laptops are compact and can easily overheat when the processor is stressed for long periods of time. Typically when a computer becomes to hot, it will simply shut off without warning to prevent any physical damage to the computer.
Overheating may refer to:
Overheating (economics), a rapid, very big growth of production that is thought to have a negative influence
Overheating (electricity), unexpected rise of temperature in a portion of electrical circuit, that can cause harm to the circuit, and accidents
Overheating (combinatorial game theory), an operation on combinatorial games that approximately reverses the effect of chilling
Hyperthermia, also called sunstroke, an elevated body temperature due to failed thermoregulation
Thermal shock, the overheating of a device leading to reduced efficiency, damage or even destruction