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 top top

adj

  • ( ) situated at the top or highest position  ( top )
    situated at the top or highest position
     the top shelf
    the top shelf
  • noun

  • ( ) the upper part of anything  ( top )
    the upper part of anything
     the mower cuts off the tops of the grass
    the mower cuts off the tops of the grass
     the title should be written at the top of the first page
    the title should be written at the top of the first page
  • ( ) the highest or uppermost side of anything  ( top, top side, upper side, upside )
    the highest or uppermost side of anything
     put your books on top of the desk
    put your books on top of the desk
     only the top side of the box was painted
    only the top side of the box was painted
  • ( ) the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)  ( crest, crown, peak, summit, tip, top )
    the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)
     the view from the peak was magnificent
    the view from the peak was magnificent
     they clambered to the tip of Monadnock
    they clambered to the tip of Monadnock
     the region is a few molecules wide at the summit
    the region is a few molecules wide at the summit
  • ( ) the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development  ( acme, elevation, height, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, tiptop, top )
    the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
     his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty
    his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty
     the artist's gifts are at their acme
    the artist's gifts are at their acme
     at the height of her career
    at the height of her career
     the peak of perfection
    the peak of perfection
     summer was at its peak
    summer was at its peak
     ...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame
    ...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame
     the summit of his ambition
    the summit of his ambition
     so many highest superlatives achieved by man
    so many highest superlatives achieved by man
     at the top of his profession
    at the top of his profession
  • ( ) the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat  ( top, top of the inning )
    the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat
     a relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth
    a relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth
  • ( ) the greatest possible intensity  ( top )
    the greatest possible intensity
     he screamed at the top of his lungs
    he screamed at the top of his lungs
  • a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance  ( big top, circus tent, round top, top )
    a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance
     he was afraid of a fire in the circus tent
    he was afraid of a fire in the circus tent
     they had the big top up in less than an hour
    they had the big top up in less than an hour
  • a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips  ( top )
    a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips
     he stared as she buttoned her top
    he stared as she buttoned her top
  • covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container)  ( cover, top )
    covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container)
     he removed the top of the carton
    he removed the top of the carton
     he couldn't get the top off of the bottle
    he couldn't get the top off of the bottle
     put the cover back on the kettle
    put the cover back on the kettle
  • a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin  ( spinning top, teetotum, top, whirligig )
    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
    he got a bright red top and string for his birthday
  • platform surrounding the head of a lower mast  ( top )
    platform surrounding the head of a lower mast
  • verb

  • ( ) be superior or better than some standard  ( exceed, go past, overstep, pass, top, transcend )
    be superior or better than some standard
     She exceeded our expectations
    She exceeded our expectations
     She topped her performance of last year
    She topped her performance of last year
  • ( ) pass by, over, or under without making contact  ( clear, top )
    pass by, over, or under without making contact
     the balloon cleared the tree tops
    the balloon cleared the tree tops
  • finish up or conclude  ( top, top off )
    finish up or conclude
     They topped off their dinner with a cognac
    They topped off their dinner with a cognac
     top the evening with champagne
    top the evening with champagne
  • be the culminating event  ( crown, top )
    be the culminating event
     The speech crowned the meeting
    The speech crowned the meeting
  • cut the top off  ( pinch, top )
    cut the top off
     top trees and bushes
    top trees and bushes
  • strike (the top part of a ball in golf, baseball, or pool) giving it a forward spin  ( top )
    strike (the top part of a ball in golf, baseball, or pool) giving it a forward spin
  • reach or ascend the top of  ( top )
    reach or ascend the top of
     The hikers topped the mountain just before noon
    The hikers topped the mountain just before noon
  • provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure)  ( top, top out )
    provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure)
     the towers were topped with conical roofs
    the towers were topped with conical roofs
  • be ahead of others; be the first  ( lead, top )
    be ahead of others; be the first
     she topped her class every year
    she topped her class every year
  • be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point  ( top )
    be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point
     A star tops the Christmas Tree
    A star tops the Christmas Tree


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