- 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.
- 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 of topMiddle English ; from Old English topp, akin to Old Norse toppr, tuft, top, German zopf, tuft of hair, summit
transitive verbtopped, topping
- 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
blow one's top☆
off the top
off the top of one's head☆
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.
Origin of top; from Old English probably special use of top
sleep like a top
- The uppermost part, point, surface, or end: wrote on the top of the box.
- 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.
- 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.
- Slang One who penetrates the other person or is the dominant partner in a sexual encounter or relationship.
- 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.
verbtopped topped, top·ping, tops
- To form, furnish with, or serve as a top: topped the ice cream with jimmies.
- To reach or go over the top of: The car topped the hill.
- To exceed or surpass: The car's speed topped 80 miles an hour. Her performance really topped his.
- 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 of topMiddle English, from Old English.
Origin of topMiddle English, from Old English.
- The highest part or component of an object.
- His kite got caught at the top of the tree.
- The part viewed, or intended to be viewed, nearest the edge of the visual field normally occupied by the uppermost visible objects.
- Headings appear at the tops of pages.
- Further weather information can be found at the top of your television screen.
- A lid, cap or cover of a container.
- Put a top on the toothpaste tube or it will go bad.
- A garment worn to cover the torso.
- I bought this top as it matches by jeans.
- (nautical) A framework at the top of a ship's mast to which rigging is attached.
- (baseball) The first half of an inning, during which the home team fields and the visiting team bats.
- (archaic) The crown of the head, or the hair upon it; the head.
- A child’s spinning toy; a spinning top.
- The boy was amazed at how long the top would spin.
- Someone who is eminent.
- (archaic) The chief person; the most prominent one.
- The highest rank; the most honourable position; the utmost attainable place.
- to be at the top of one's class, or at the top of the school
- (BDSM) A dominant partner in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
- (LGBT, slang) A man penetrating or with a preference for penetrating during homosexual intercourse.
- I prefer being a top, and my boyfriend prefers being a bottom.
- (physics) A top quark.
- The utmost degree; the acme; the summit.
- (ropemaking) A plug, or conical block of wood, with longitudinal grooves on its surface, in which the strands of the rope slide in the process of twisting.
- (sound) Highest pitch or loudest.
- She sang at the top of her voice.
- (wool manufacture) A bundle or ball of slivers of combed wool, from which the noils, or dust, have been taken out.
- The part of a cut gem between the girdle, or circumference, and the table, or flat upper surface.
- (in the plural, slang, dated) Topboots.
- (part of an object furthest away in the opposite direction from that in which an unsupported object would fall): base, bottom, underside
- (part seen, or intended to be seen, nearest the edge of the visual field normally occupied by the uppermost visible objects): foot (of a page)
- (garment): bottoms
- (BDSM): bottom
- (gay sexual slang): bottom, passive, pathic
(third-person singular simple present tops, present participle topping, simple past and past participle topped)
- To cover on the top or with a top.
- I like my ice cream topped with chocolate sauce.
- To cut or remove the top (as of a tree)
- I don't want to be bald, so just top my hair.
- Top and tail the carrots.
- To excel, to surpass, to beat.
- Titanic was the most-successful film ever until it was topped by another Cameron film, Avatar.
- To be in the lead, to be at number one position (of).
- Celine Dion topped the UK music charts twice in the 1990s.
- (UK, slang) To commit suicide, (rare) to murder.
- Depression causes many people to top themselves.
- (BDSM) To be the dominant partner in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
- I used to be a slave, but I ended up topping.
- Giving advice to the dominant partner on how to run the BDSM session is called "topping from the bottom".
- (slang, gay sexuality) To be the partner who penetrates in anal sex.
- (archaic) To rise aloft; to be eminent; to tower.
- lofty ridges and topping mountains
- (archaic) To predominate.
- topping passions
- (archaic) To excel; to rise above others.
- (informal) Best; of the highest quality or rank.
- She's in the top dance school.
- (informal) Very good, of high quality.
- He's a top lawyer.
- That is a top car.
- Rated first.
- She came top in her French exam.
From Middle English top, toppe, from Old English top (“top, highest part; summit; crest; tassel, tuft; (spinning) top, ball; a tuft or ball at the highest point of anything”), from Proto-Germanic *tuppaz (“braid, pigtail, end”), from Proto-Indo-European *dumb- (“tail, rod, staff, penis”). Cognate with Scots tap (“top”), North Frisian top, tap, tup (“top”), Saterland Frisian Top (“top”), West Frisian top (“top”), Dutch top (“top, summit, peak”), Low German Topp (“top”), German Zopf (“braid, pigtail, plait, top”), German Top (“top, summit, peak”), Swedish topp (“top, peak, summit, tip”), Icelandic toppur (“top”). Related also to Old High German zumpfo (“penis”).
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.