Top meaning

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(nautical) A platform enclosing the head of each mast of a sailing ship, to which the topmast rigging is attached.
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The best part.
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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.

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Of the highest degree, quality, rank, or amount.

In top form; the top ten bestsellers.

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In a position of preeminence.

The top historian in her department.

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To form, furnish with, or serve as a top.

Topped the ice cream with jimmies.

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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.

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The uppermost part, point, surface, or end.

Wrote on the top of the box.

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The part farthest from a given reference point.

Took a jump shot from the top of the key.

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The crown of the head.

From top to toe.

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The part of a plant, such as a rutabaga, that is above the ground.
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Something, such as a lid or cap, that covers or forms an uppermost part.
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The highest degree, pitch, or point; the peak, acme, or zenith.
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The earliest part or beginning.

She played the piece again, from the top.

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Situated at the top.

The top shelf.

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To reach or go over the top of.

The car topped the hill.

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(baseball) The first half of an inning.
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(slang) One who penetrates the other person or is the dominant partner in a sexual encounter or relationship.
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A garment worn on the upper half of the body.
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(games) The highest card or cards in a suit or hand.
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To exceed or surpass.

The car's speed topped 80 miles an hour. Her performance really topped his.

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To be at the head of.

She topped her class.

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To remove the top or uppermost part from; crop.

Topped the fruit trees.

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To make a finish, an end, or a conclusion.
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A toy having one end tapered to a point, allowing it to be spun, as by suddenly pulling a string wound around it.
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The forty most popular musical recordings or songs of a given time period.
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Relating to, made up of, or broadcasting the Top 40.

A Top 40 lineup; Top 40 radio stations.

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The head, or crown of the head.
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The upper or highest part, section, point, or surface of anything.

The top of a hill.

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The part of a plant that grows above ground.

Beet tops.

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Something that constitutes the uppermost part or covering of something else.
  • 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 each mast of a sailing ship at the juncture of the lower mast and the topmast.
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A person or thing first in order, excellence, importance, etc.
  • 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)
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(slang) Something or someone that is preeminent in quality, ability, popularity, etc.; the very best.
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(card games) The highest cards of a suit.
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(chem.) The most volatile part of a mixture.
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Of, situated at, or being the top; uppermost, highest, greatest, or foremost.

The top drawer, top honors.

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To take off the top of (a plant, etc.)
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To be a top for.
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To reach the top of; be on a level with.
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To exceed in amount, height, degree, etc.

A fish topping 75 pounds.

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To be better, more effective, funnier, etc. than; surpass; outdo.
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To go over the top of (a rise of ground, etc.)
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To be at the top of; head; lead.
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(chem.) To remove the volatile parts from by distillation.
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(dyeing) To finish with a certain dye.
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To top someone or something (in any sense)
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A child's cone-shaped toy, spun on its pointed end.
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Of or having to do with the Top 40 or the kind of popular music they represent.

A Top-40 radio station.

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The 40 current best-selling music recordings.
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(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.
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(informal) off the top of (one's) head
  • In an impromptu way:
    She recited the poem off the top of her head.
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on top
  • At the highest point or peak.
  • In a dominant, controlling, or successful position.
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(informal) 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.
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(informal) on top of the world
  • In a position of great happiness or success.
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over the top
  • Surpassing a goal or quota.
  • Excessively expressive or dramatic.
  • Over the breastwork, as an attack in trench warfare:
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blow one's top
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off the top
  • from gross income
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off the top of one's head
  • speaking offhand, without careful thought
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on top
  • at the top; successful
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on top of
  • on or at the top of
  • resting upon
  • in addition to; besides
  • following immediately after
  • controlling successfully
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over the top
  • over the front of a trench, as in attacking
  • exceeding the assigned quota or goal
  • beyond the limits of good taste, propriety, or self-restraint; excessive
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top off
  • to complete by adding a finishing touch
  • to fill to the top
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top out
  • 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.
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(chiefly brit.) top up
  • to fill to the top
  • to increase to the highest level, amount, etc.
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sleep like a top
  • to sleep soundly
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Origin of top

  • Middle English from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition