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Top    : [t'ɑp] [t'ɔp]
Top \Top\, n. [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.
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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.
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Top \Top\, n. [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.
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The star that bids the shepherd fold,
Now the top of heaven doth hold. --Milton.
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2. The utmost degree; the acme; the summit.
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The top of my ambition is to contribute to that
work. --Pope.
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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.
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And wears upon his baby brow the round
And top of sovereignty. --Shak.
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4. The chief person; the most prominent one.
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Other . . . aspired to be the top of zealots.
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5. The crown of the head, or the hair upon it; the head.
"From top to toe" --Spenser.
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All the stored vengeance of Heaven fall
On her ungrateful top ! --Shak.
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6. The head, or upper part, of a plant.
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The buds . . . are called heads, or tops, as
cabbageheads. --I. Watts.
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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.
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8. (Wool Manuf.) A bundle or ball of slivers of comkbed wool,
from which the noils, or dust, have been taken out.
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9. Eve; verge; point. [R.] "He was upon the top of his
marriage with Magdaleine." --Knolles.
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10. The part of a cut gem between the girdle, or
circumference, and the table, or flat upper surface.
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11. pl. Top-boots. [Slang] --Dickens.
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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.
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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
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{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.
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Top \Top\, v. t.
1. To cover on the top; to tip; to cap; -- chiefly used in
the past participle.
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Like moving mountains topped with snow. --Waller.
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A mount
Of alabaster, topped with golden spires. --Milton.
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2. To rise above; to excel; to outgo; to surpass.
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Topping all others in boasting. --Shak.
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Edmund the base shall top the legitimate. --Shak.
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3. To rise to the top of; to go over the top of.
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But wind about till thou hast topped the hill.
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4. To take off the or upper part of; to crop.
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Top your rose trees a little with your knife.
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5. To perform eminently, or better than before.
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From endeavoring universally to top their parts,
they will go universally beyond them. --Jeffrey.
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6. (Naut.) To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end
becomes higher than the other.
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7. (Dyeing) To cover with another dye; as, to top aniline
black with methyl violet to prevent greening and crocking.
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8. To put a stiffening piece or back on (a saw blade).
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9. To arrange, as fruit, with the best on top. [Cant]
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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.
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11. To improve (domestic animals, esp. sheep) by crossing
certain individuals or breeds with other superior.
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12. (Naut.) To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end
becomes higher than the other.
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13. To cut, break, or otherwise take off the top of (a steel
ingot) to remove unsound metal.
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14. (Golf) To strike (the ball) above the center; also, to
make (as a stroke) by hitting the ball in this way.
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{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.
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Top \Top\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Topped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To rise aloft; to be eminent; to tower; as, lofty ridges
and topping mountains. --Derham.
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2. To predominate; as, topping passions. "Influenced by
topping uneasiness." --Locke.
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3. To excel; to rise above others.
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But write thy, and top. --Dryden.
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4. (Golf) To strike a ball above the center.
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5. (Naut.) To rise at one end, as a yard; -- usually with up.
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adj 1: situated at the top or highest position; "the top shelf"
[ant: {bottom(a)}, {side(a)}]
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"
[synonym: {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" [synonym: {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"
[synonym: {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" [synonym: {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" [synonym: {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" [synonym: {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" [synonym: {circus tent}, {big
top}, {round top}, {top}]
v 1: be superior or better than some standard; "She exceeded our
expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year"
[synonym: {exceed}, {transcend}, {overstep}, {pass}, {go past},
2: pass by, over, or under without making contact; "the balloon
cleared the tree tops" [synonym: {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" [synonym: {lead}, {top}]
5: provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure); "the
towers were topped with conical roofs" [synonym: {top}, {top
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" [synonym: {top}, {pinch}]
9: be the culminating event; "The speech crowned the meeting"
[synonym: {crown}, {top}]
10: finish up or conclude; "They topped off their dinner with a
cognac"; "top the evening with champagne" [synonym: {top}, {top

355 Moby Thesaurus words for "top":
Establishment, VIP, acmatic, acme, acme of perfection, agate, all,
apex, apical, apogee, ball, baron, baseball bat, bat, battledore,
bauble, beat, best, bestraddle, bestride, better, big gun, big man,
big name, big top, bigwig, blocks, bonnet, border, brass,
brass hat, brow, bureaucracy, canvas, cap, capital, carousel, ceil,
ceiling, celebrity, checkerboard, chessboard, chief, choice,
circumference, clear, climax, clip, cloud nine, club, cockhorse,
coif, command, consummate, consummation, cork, cortex, costly,
cover, covering, cream, crest, cricket bat, crop, crown, crust,
cue, culmen, culminate, culmination, curtail, cusp, dear,
dear-bought, dignitary, dignity, directorate, disk, dock, doll,
doll carriage, dome, dominate, eaves, edge, elder, elite, end,
envelope, epidermis, exceed, excel, expensive, exterior, external,
extreme, extreme limit, extremity, facade, face, facet, fancy, fat,
father, figure, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string,
flower, fringe, front, frost, gewgaw, gimcrack, go one better,
golf club, great man, greatest, hat, head, headmost, heaven,
heavens, height, hierarchy, high, high noon, high-priced,
higher echelons, higher-ups, highest, highest degree,
highest pitch, highest point, hobbyhorse, hood, housetop, ice,
important person, improve on, integument, interests,
jack-in-the-box, jacks, jackstones, jackstraws, kickshaw,
knickknack, lantern, last word, lid, limit, lineaments, lion,
look down upon, lords of creation, luxurious, magnate, man of mark,
management, marble, marionette, maximal, maximum, meridian,
meridional, merry-go-round, mig, ministry, mogul, most,
mountaintop, nabob, name, ne plus ultra, no place higher, noon,
not affordable, notability, notable, nth degree, of great cost,
officialdom, operculum, outdo, outer face, outer layer, outer side,
outer skin, outline, outshine, outside, outstrip, outtop, outweigh,
overarch, overbalance, overbear, overcome, overhead, overlook,
overmost, overpass, overshadow, overtop, panjandrum, paper doll,
paramount, peak, penthouse, perfect, perfection, periphery,
person of renown, personage, personality, pick, pick-up sticks,
pillar of society, pink, pink of perfection, pinnacle, pinwheel,
pitch, plafond, plaything, point, pole, pollard, power,
power elite, predominate, preeminent, prelacy, premium,
preponderate, prevail, pricey, pride, prime, prize, prune, puppet,
racket, rag doll, rich, ridge, ridgepole, rind, rise above,
rocking horse, roller, rolling stone, roof, roof garden, roof in,
roof-deck, roofage, roofing, roofpole, rooftop, rooftree, rotator,
rotor, round top, roundabout, ruling circle, ruling class,
ruling classes, rundle, sachem, seventh heaven, shell, shingles,
shorten, skin, sky, skylight, slates, somebody, something, spire,
sport, steelie, steep, stiff, stopper, summit, summital, sumptuous,
superficies, superior, superlative, superstratum, supreme, surface,
surmount, surpass, taw, teetotum, tent, tentage, the Establishment,
the administration, the authorities, the great, the ingroup,
the interests, the people upstairs, the power elite,
the power structure, the top, the whole, them, they, tiles, tip,
tip-top, top brass, top off, top people, top-notch, topmost,
tower above, tower over, toy, toy soldier, transcend, trim,
trinket, trump, truncate, tycoon, ultimate, unpayable, upmost,
upper extremity, uppermost, utmost, utmost extent, uttermost,
vertex, vertical, very important person, very top, wheel,
whim-wham, whirlabout, whirler, whirligig, whitetop, worthy,
zenith, zenithal

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