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5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Top \Top\, noun [CF. OD. dop, top, OHG., MNG., & dial. G. topf; perhaps akin to G. topf a pot.]

1. A child's toy, commonly in the form of a conoid or pear, made to spin on its point, usually by drawing off a string wound round its surface or stem, the motion being sometimes continued by means of a whip.

2. (Rope Making) A plug, or conical block of wood, with longitudital grooves on its surface, in which the strands of the rope slide in the process of twisting.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Top \Top\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Topped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Topping}.]

1. To rise aloft; to be eminent; to tower; as, lofty ridges and topping mountains. --Derham.

2. To predominate; as, topping passions. "Influenced by topping uneasiness." --Locke.

3. To excel; to rise above others.

But write thy, and top. --Dryden.

4. (Golf) To strike a ball above the center. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

5. (Naut.) To rise at one end, as a yard; -- usually with up. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Top \Top\, noun [AS. top; akin to OFries. top a tuft, D. top top, OHG. zopf end, tip, tuft of hair, G. zopf tuft of hair, pigtail, top of a tree, Icel. toppr a tuft of hair, crest, top, Dan. top, Sw. topp pinnacle, top; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Tuft}.]

1. The highest part of anything; the upper end, edge, or extremity; the upper side or surface; summit; apex; vertex; cover; lid; as, the top of a spire; the top of a house; the top of a mountain; the top of the ground.

The star that bids the shepherd fold, Now the top of heaven doth hold. --Milton.

2. The utmost degree; the acme; the summit.

The top of my ambition is to contribute to that work. --Pope.

3. The highest rank; the most honorable position; the utmost attainable place; as, to be at the top of one's class, or at the top of the school.

And wears upon his baby brow the round And top of sovereignty. --Shak.

4. The chief person; the most prominent one.

Other . . . aspired to be the top of zealots. --Milton.

5. The crown of the head, or the hair upon it; the head. "From top to toe" --Spenser.

All the stored vengeance of Heaven fall On her ungrateful top ! --Shak.

6. The head, or upper part, of a plant.

The buds . . . are called heads, or tops, as cabbageheads. --I. Watts.

7. (Naut.) A platform surrounding the head of the lower mast and projecting on all sudes. It serves to spead the topmast rigging, thus strengheningthe mast, and also furnishes a convenient standing place for the men aloft. --Totten.

8. (Wool Manuf.) A bundle or ball of slivers of comkbed wool, from which the noils, or dust, have been taken out.

9. Eve; verge; point. [R.] "He was upon the top of his marriage with Magdaleine." --Knolles.

10. The part of a cut gem between the girdle, or circumference, and the table, or flat upper surface. --Knight.

11. pl. Top-boots. [Slang] --Dickens.

12. (Golf) (a) A stroke on the top of the ball. (b) A forward spin given to the ball by hitting it on or near the top. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Note: Top is often used adjectively or as the first part of compound words, usually self-explaining; as, top stone, or topstone; top-boots, or top boots; top soil, or top-soil.

{Top and but} (Shipbuilding), a phrase used to denote a method of working long tapering planks by bringing the but of one plank to the top of the other to make up a constant breadth in two layers.

{Top minnow} (Zool.), a small viviparous fresh-water fish ({Gambusia patruelis}) abundant in the Southern United States. Also applied to other similar species.

{From top to toe}, from head to foot; altogether.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Top \Top\, verb (used with an object)

1. To cover on the top; to tip; to cap; -- chiefly used in the past participle.

Like moving mountains topped with snow. --Waller.

A mount Of alabaster, topped with golden spires. --Milton.

2. To rise above; to excel; to outgo; to surpass.

Topping all others in boasting. --Shak.

Edmund the base shall top the legitimate. --Shak.

3. To rise to the top of; to go over the top of.

But wind about till thou hast topped the hill. --Denham.

4. To take off the or upper part of; to crop.

Top your rose trees a little with your knife. --Evelyn.

5. To perform eminently, or better than before.

From endeavoring universally to top their parts, they will go universally beyond them. --Jeffrey.

6. (Naut.) To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end becomes higher than the other.

7. (Dyeing) To cover with another dye; as, to top aniline black with methyl violet to prevent greening and crocking. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

8. To put a stiffening piece or back on (a saw blade). [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

9. To arrange, as fruit, with the best on top. [Cant] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

10. To strike the top of, as a wall, with the hind feet, in jumping, so as to gain new impetus; -- said of a horse. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

11. To improve (domestic animals, esp. sheep) by crossing certain individuals or breeds with other superior. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

12. (Naut.) To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end becomes higher than the other. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

13. To cut, break, or otherwise take off the top of (a steel ingot) to remove unsound metal. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

14. (Golf) To strike (the ball) above the center; also, to make (as a stroke) by hitting the ball in this way. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{To top off}, (a) to complete by putting on, or finishing, the top or uppermost part of; as, to top off a stack of hay; hence, to complete; to finish; to adorn. (b) to completely fill (an almost full tank) by adding more of the liquid it already contains. [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

top

adjective

1: situated at the top or highest position; "the top shelf" [ant: {bottom(a)}, {side(a)}]

noun

1: the upper part of anything; "the mower cuts off the tops of the grass"; "the title should be written at the top of the first page"

2: the highest or uppermost side of anything; "put your books on top of the desk"; "only the top side of the box was painted" [syn: {top}, {top side}, {upper side}, {upside}]

3: the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill); "the view from the peak was magnificent"; "they clambered to the tip of Monadnock"; "the region is a few molecules wide at the summit" [syn: {peak}, {crown}, {crest}, {top}, {tip}, {summit}]

4: the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat; "a relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth" [syn: {top}, {top of the inning}] [ant: {bottom}, {bottom of the inning}]

5: the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development; "his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty"; "the artist's gifts are at their acme"; "at the height of her career"; "the peak of perfection"; "summer was at its peak"; "...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame"; "the summit of his ambition"; "so many highest superlatives achieved by man"; "at the top of his profession" [syn: {acme}, {height}, {elevation}, {peak}, {pinnacle}, {summit}, {superlative}, {meridian}, {tiptop}, {top}]

6: the greatest possible intensity; "he screamed at the top of his lungs"

7: platform surrounding the head of a lower mast

8: a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin; "he got a bright red top and string for his birthday" [syn: {top}, {whirligig}, {teetotum}, {spinning top}]

9: covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container); "he removed the top of the carton"; "he couldn't get the top off of the bottle"; "put the cover back on the kettle" [syn: {top}, {cover}]

10: a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips; "he stared as she buttoned her top"

11: a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance; "he was afraid of a fire in the circus tent"; "they had the big top up in less than an hour" [syn: {circus tent}, {big top}, {round top}, {top}]

verb

1: be superior or better than some standard; "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year" [syn: {exceed}, {transcend}, {overstep}, {pass}, {go past}, {top}]

2: pass by, over, or under without making contact; "the balloon cleared the tree tops" [syn: {clear}, {top}]

3: be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point; "A star tops the Christmas Tree"

4: be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year" [syn: {lead}, {top}]

5: provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure); "the towers were topped with conical roofs" [syn: {top}, {top out}]

6: reach or ascend the top of; "The hikers topped the mountain just before noon"

7: strike (the top part of a ball in golf, baseball, or pool) giving it a forward spin

8: cut the top off; "top trees and bushes" [syn: {top}, {pinch}]

9: be the culminating event; "The speech crowned the meeting" [syn: {crown}, {top}]

10: finish up or conclude; "They topped off their dinner with a cognac"; "top the evening with champagne" [syn: {top}, {top off}]

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