Definition of Top in English :

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see synonyms of top


1. top

the upper part of anything

Example Sentences:
'the mower cuts off the tops of the grass'
'the title should be written at the top of the first page'

2. top, top side, upper side, upside

the highest or uppermost side of anything

Example Sentences:
'put your books on top of the desk'
'only the top side of the box was painted'

3. crest, crown, peak, summit, tip, top

the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)

Example Sentences:
'the view from the peak was magnificent'
'they clambered to the tip of Monadnock'
'the region is a few molecules wide at the summit'

4. top, top of the inning

the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat

Example Sentences:
'a relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth'

5. acme, elevation, height, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, tiptop, top

the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development

Example Sentences:
'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'

6. top

the greatest possible intensity

Example Sentences:
'he screamed at the top of his lungs'

7. top

platform surrounding the head of a lower mast

8. spinning top, teetotum, top, whirligig

a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin

Example Sentences:
'he got a bright red top and string for his birthday'

9. cover, top

covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container)

Example Sentences:
'he removed the top of the carton'
'he couldn't get the top off of the bottle'
'put the cover back on the kettle'

10. top

a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips

Example Sentences:
'he stared as she buttoned her top'

11. big top, circus tent, round top, top

a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance

Example Sentences:
'he was afraid of a fire in the circus tent'
'they had the big top up in less than an hour'


12. exceed, go past, overstep, pass, top, transcend

be superior or better than some standard

Example Sentences:
'She exceeded our expectations'
'She topped her performance of last year'

13. clear, top

pass by, over, or under without making contact

Example Sentences:
'the balloon cleared the tree tops'

14. top

be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point

Example Sentences:
'A star tops the Christmas Tree'

15. lead, top

be ahead of others; be the first

Example Sentences:
'she topped her class every year'

16. top, top out

provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure)

Example Sentences:
'the towers were topped with conical roofs'

17. top

reach or ascend the top of

Example Sentences:
'The hikers topped the mountain just before noon'

18. top

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

19. pinch, top

cut the top off

Example Sentences:
'top trees and bushes'

20. crown, top

be the culminating event

Example Sentences:
'The speech crowned the meeting'

21. top, top off

finish up or conclude

Example Sentences:
'They topped off their dinner with a cognac'
'top the evening with champagne'


22. top

situated at the top or highest position

Example Sentences:
'the top shelf'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of top
the highest or uppermost part of anything
the top of a hill
the most important or successful position
to be at the top of the class
the top of the table
the part of a plant that is above ground
carrot tops
a thing that forms or covers the uppermost part of anything, esp a lid or cap
put the top on the saucepan
the highest degree or point
at the top of his career
the most important person
she's the top of this organization
the best or finest part of anything
we've got the top of this year's graduates
the loudest or highest pitch (esp in the phrase top of one's voice)
the beginning
the top of the hour
at the top of the programme
10.  short for top gear
11. cards
the highest card of a suit in a player's hand
12. sport
a stroke that hits the ball above its centre
b.  short for topspin
a platform around the head of a lower mast of a sailing vessel, the edges of which serve to extend the topmast shrouds
14. chemistry
the part of a volatile liquid mixture that distils first
a garment, esp for a woman, that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips
the high-frequency content of an audio signal
(as modifier)
this amplifier has a good top response
17.  blow one's top
18.  on top of
19.  off the top of one's head
20.  over the top
21.  the top of the morning
of, relating to, serving as, or situated on the top
the top book in a pile
23. British informal
a top night out
verbWord forms: tops, topping or topped (mainly tr)
to form a top on (something)
to top a cake with whipped cream
to remove the top of or from
to top carrots
to reach or pass the top of
we topped the mountain
to be at the top of
he tops the team
to exceed or surpass
29. slang
to kill
30. (also intr) sport
to hit (a ball) above the centre
to make (a stroke) by hitting the ball in this way
31. chemistry
to distil off (the most volatile part) from a liquid mixture
to add other colorants to (a dye) in order to modify the shade produced
33.  top and tail
a toy that is spun on its pointed base by a flick of the fingers, by pushing a handle at the top up and down, etc
anything that spins or whirls around
3.  sleep like a top

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see synonyms of top
1.  Obsolete
a tuft of hair
the hair of the head
the head, or crown of the head
now chiefly in top to toe
the upper or highest part, section, point, or surface of anything
the top of a hill
the part of a plant that grows above ground
beet tops
something that constitutes the uppermost part or covering of something else
; specif.,
a lid, cover, cap, etc.
a box top, bottle top
the upper part of an automobile body, esp. a folding roof or cover
a platform around the head of each lower mast of a sailing ship, to which the rigging of the topmast is attached
the upper part of a two-piece garment, esp. for a woman
a pajama top
any upper garment for a woman, often, specif., one other than a shirt or blouse
a person or thing first in order, excellence, importance, etc.
; specif.,
the highest degree or pitch; zenith; acme
at the top of one's voice, the top of one's career
the highest rank, position, etc.
at the top in one's profession
a person in this rank, etc.
the choicest part; pick; cream
the top of the crop, top of the morning
the beginning, as of a piece of music
take it from the top
f.  US, Baseball
the first half (of an inning)
8.  [pl.]; Slang
something or someone that is preeminent in quality, ability, popularity, etc.; the very best
, used predicatively (often with the)
9.  [pl.]; Cards
the highest cards of a suit
10.  Chemistry
the most volatile part of a mixture
11.  Sport
a stroke that hits the ball above center or near its top
the forward spin given the ball by such a stroke
of, situated at, or being the top; uppermost, highest, greatest, or foremost
the top drawer, top honors
verb transitiveWord forms: topped or ˈtopping
to take off the top of (a plant, etc.)
to provide or cover with a top
to put or place on the top of
to be a top for
to reach the top of; be on a level with
to exceed in amount, height, degree, etc.
a fish topping 75 pounds
to be better, more effective, funnier, etc. than; surpass; outdo
to go over the top of (a rise of ground, etc.)
to be at the top of; head; lead
21.  Chemistry
to remove the volatile parts from by distillation
22.  Dyeing
to finish with a certain dye
23.  Sport
to hit or stroke (a ball) at a point above its center or near its top, giving it a forward spin
to make (a stroke) by hitting the ball in this way
verb intransitive
to top someone or something (in any sense)
a child's cone-shaped toy, spun on its pointed end

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of top
1. The uppermost part, point, surface, or end: wrote on the top of the box.
2. The part farthest from a given reference point: took a jump shot from the top of the key.
3. The crown of the head: from top to toe.
4. The part of a plant, such as a rutabaga, that is above the ground.
5. Something, such as a lid or cap, that covers or forms an uppermost part.
6. A garment worn on the upper half of the body.
7. Nautical A platform enclosing the head of the lower section of a mast of a square-rigged vessel, to which the topmast shrouds are attached.
8. The highest degree, pitch, or point; the peak, acme, or zenith: "It had come at a time when he was not feeling at the top of his form" (Anthony Powell).
a. The highest position or rank: at the top of his profession.
b. A person in this position.
10. Games The highest card or cards in a suit or hand.
11. The best part.
12. The earliest part or beginning: She played the piece again, from the top.
13. Baseball The first half of an inning.
14. Sports
a. A stroke that lands above the center of a ball, as in golf or tennis, giving it a forward spin.
b. A forward spin on a ball resulting from such a stroke.
15. Slang One who penetrates the other person or is the dominant partner in a sexual encounter or relationship.
1. Situated at the top: the top shelf.
2. Of the highest degree, quality, rank, or amount: in top form; the top ten bestsellers.
3. In a position of preeminence: the top historian in her department.
v. topped, top·ping, tops
1. To form, furnish with, or serve as a top: topped the ice cream with jimmies.
2. To reach or go over the top of: The car topped the hill.
3. To exceed or surpass: The car's speed topped 80 miles an hour. Her performance really topped his.
4. To be at the head of: She topped her class.
5. To remove the top or uppermost part from; crop: topped the fruit trees.
6. Sports
a. To strike the upper part of (a ball), giving it forward spin.
b. To make (a stroke) in this way.
To make a finish, an end, or a conclusion.
A toy having one end tapered to a point, allowing it to be spun, as by suddenly pulling a string wound around it.
Variant of topo-.

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