- Top is the highest point, head or furthest up part of something.
- An example of top is the twelfth floor in a twelve-story building.
- An example of top is where someone would hear a hat.
- An example of top is the ridge of a mountain.
- To top is defined as to exceed, surpass or do better.
- An example of to top is a student getting the best grade point average in their entire class.
- An example of to top is getting two aces when playing Texas Hold 'Em poker.
top definition by Webster's New World
- a tuft of hair
- the hair of the head
- the head, or crown of the head: now chiefly in
- 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
- ☆ Baseball the first half (of an inning)
- Slang something or someone that is preeminent in quality, ability, popularity, etc.; the very best: used predicatively (often with the)
- Card Games the highest cards of a suit
- Chem. the most volatile part of a mixture
- a stroke that hits the ball above center or near its top
- the forward spin given the ball by such a stroke
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English topp, akin to Old Norse toppr, tuft, top, German zopf, tuft of hair, summit
- 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
- Chem. to remove the volatile parts from by distillation
- Dyeing to finish with a certain dye
- 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
Origin: ; from Old English probably special use of top
top definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The uppermost part, point, surface, or end.
- The part farthest from a given reference point: took a jump shot from the top of the key.
- The crown of the head: from top to toe.
- The part of a plant, such as a rutabaga, that is above the ground.
- Something, such as a lid or cap, that covers or forms an uppermost part.
- A garment worn on the upper half of the body, especially a sweater or knit shirt.
- Nautical A platform enclosing the head of each mast of a sailing ship, to which the topmast rigging is attached.
- 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.
- Games The highest card or cards in a suit or hand.
- The best part.
- The earliest part or beginning: She played the piece again, from the top.
- Baseball The first half of an inning.
- 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.
- Situated at the top: the top shelf.
- Of the highest degree, quality, rank, or amount: in top form; the top ten bestsellers.
- In a position of preeminence: the top historian in her department.
- To form, furnish with, or serve as a top.
- To reach the top of.
- To go over the top of.
- To exceed or surpass.
- To be at the head of: She topped her class.
- To remove the top or uppermost part from; crop: topped the fruit trees.
- Sports a. To strike the upper part of (a ball), giving it forward spin.b. To make (a stroke) in this way.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English.
top - Business Definition
top - Computer Definition
(Technical Office Protocol) A communications protocol for office systems developed in the early 1980s by the Computer Services division of Boeing in Seattle, WA. It is often used in conjunction with MAP, the factory automation protocol developed by GM. TOP is used in the front office, and MAP is used on the factory floor. TOP uses the CSMA/CD access method (Ethernet), while MAP uses token bus.
top - Investment & Finance Definition
top - Phrases/Idioms
blow one's topâ
off the top
off the top of one's headâ
on top of
- on or at the top of
- resting upon
- in addition to; besides
- following immediately after
- controlling successfully
over the top
- over the front of a trench, as in attacking
- exceeding the assigned quota or goal
- Informal beyond the limits of good taste, propriety, or self-restraint; excessive
- to complete by adding a finishing touch
- Informal to fill to the top
- to complete the skeleton or framework of (a building, esp. a skyscraper)
- to fill or rise to the top
- to reach a peak, maximum, etc.
top upChiefly Brit.
- to fill to the top
- to increase to the highest level, amount, etc.
sleep like a top
off the top of (one's) head
- At the highest point or peak.
- In a dominant, controlling, or successful position.
on top of
- In control of.
- Fully informed about: a senator who is always on top of the issues.
- In addition to; besides: On top of this, several other benefits are being offered.
- Following closely on; coming immediately after: Hail came on top of a violent thunderstorm.
on top of the world
over the top
- Surpassing a goal or quota.
- Excessively expressive or dramatic.
- Over the breastwork, as an attack in trench warfare: “a whole battalion, onto the beachhead, over the top” (Margaret Atwood).