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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.
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”
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.
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.”
10. The part of a cut gem between the girdle, or circumference, and the table, or flat upper surface.
11. pl. Top-boots. [Slang]
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.
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.
Top, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Topped p. pr. & vb. n. Topping.]
1. To rise aloft; to be eminent; to tower; as, lofty ridges and topping mountains.
2. To predominate; as, topping passions. “Influenced by topping uneasiness.”
3. To excel; to rise above others.
But write thy, and top. --Dryden.
4. Golf To strike a ball above the center.
5. Naut. To rise at one end, as a yard; -- usually with up.
Top, v. t.
1. To cover on the top; to tip; to cap; -- chiefly used in the past participle.
Like moving mountains topped with snow. --Waller.
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.
8. To put a stiffening piece or back on (a saw blade).
9. To arrange, as fruit, with the best on top. [Cant]
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.
11. To improve (domestic animals, esp. sheep) by crossing certain individuals or breeds with other superior.
12. Naut. To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end becomes higher than the other.
13. To cut, break, or otherwise take off the top of (a steel ingot) to remove unsound metal.
14. Golf To strike (the ball) above the center; also, to make (as a stroke) by hitting the ball in this way.
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.
adj 1: situated at the top or highest position; "the top shelf"
[syn: top(a)] [ant: bottom(a), side(a)]
2: not to be surpassed; "his top effort" [syn: greatest]
n 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 side, upper side, upside]
3: the top point of a mountain or hill; "the view from the peak
was magnificent"; "they clambered to the summit of
Monadnock" [syn: peak, crown, crest, 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 of the inning] [ant: bottom]
5: the highest level or degree attainable; "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]
6: the greatest possible intensity; "he screamed at the top of
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: whirligig, teetotum, spinning
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: 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]
v 1: go beyond; "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her
performance of last year" [syn: exceed, transcend, overstep,
pass, go past]
2: pass by, over, or under without making contact; "the balloon
cleared the tree tops" [syn: clear]
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]
5: provide with a top; "the towers were topped with conical
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: pinch]
9: be the culminating event; "The speech crowned the meeting"
10: finish up or conclude; "They topped off their dinner with a
cognac"; "top the evening with champagne" [syn: top off]
[also: topping, topped]