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Definition of Top

n.1.A child's toy, commonly in the form of a conoid or pear, made to spin on its point, usually by drawing off a string wound round its surface or stem, the motion being sometimes continued by means of a whip.
2.(Rope Making) A plug, or conical block of wood, with longitudital grooves on its surface, in which the strands of the rope slide in the process of twisting.
1.The highest part of anything; the upper end, edge, or extremity; the upper side or surface; summit; apex; vertex; cover; lid; as, the top of a spire; the top of a house; the top of a mountain; the top of the ground.
The star that bids the shepherd fold,
Now the top of heaven doth hold.
- Milton.
2.The utmost degree; the acme; the summit.
The top of my ambition is to contribute to that work.
- Pope.
3.The highest rank; the most honorable position; the utmost attainable place; as, to be at the top of one's class, or at the top of the school.
And wears upon his baby brow the round
And top of sovereignty.
- Shak.
4.The chief person; the most prominent one.
Other . . . aspired to be the top of zealots.
- Milton.
5.The crown of the head, or the hair upon it; the head.
All the stored vengeance of Heaven fall
On her ungrateful top !
- Shak.
6.The head, or upper part, of a plant.
The buds . . . are called heads, or tops, as cabbageheads.
- I. Watts.
7.(Naut.) A platform surrounding the head of the lower mast and projecting on all sudes. It serves to spead the topmast rigging, thus strengheningthe mast, and also furnishes a convenient standing place for the men aloft.
8.(Wool Manuf.) A bundle or ball of slivers of comkbed wool, from which the noils, or dust, have been taken out.
9.Eve; verge; point.
10.The part of a cut gem between the girdle, or circumference, and the table, or flat upper surface.
11.Top-boots.
12.(Golf) A stroke on the top of the ball.
Top and but
(Shipbuilding) a phrase used to denote a method of working long tapering planks by bringing the but of one plank to the top of the other to make up a constant breadth in two layers.
Top minnow
(Zool.) a small viviparous fresh-water fish (Gambusia patruelis) abundant in the Southern United States. Also applied to other similar species.
From top to toe
from head to foot; altogether.
v. i.1.To rise aloft; to be eminent; to tower; as, lofty ridges and topping mountains.
[imp. & p. p. Topped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Topping.]
2.To predominate; as, topping passions.
3.To excel; to rise above others.
But write thy, and top.
- Dryden.
4.(Golf) To strike a ball above the center.
5.(Naut.) To rise at one end, as a yard; - usually with up.
v. t.1.To cover on the top; to tip; to cap; - chiefly used in the past participle.
Like moving mountains topped with snow.
- Waller.
A mount
Of alabaster, topped with golden spires.
- Milton.
2.To rise above; to excel; to outgo; to surpass.
Topping all others in boasting.
- Shak.
Edmund the base shall top the legitimate.
- Shak.
3.To rise to the top of; to go over the top of.
But wind about till thou hast topped the hill.
- Denham.
4.To take off the or upper part of; to crop.
Top your rose trees a little with your knife.
- Evelyn.
5.To perform eminently, or better than before.
From endeavoring universally to top their parts, they will go universally beyond them.
- Jeffrey.
6.(Naut.) To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end becomes higher than the other.
7.(Dyeing) To cover with another dye; as, to top aniline black with methyl violet to prevent greening and crocking.
8.To put a stiffening piece or back on (a saw blade).
9.To arrange, as fruit, with the best on top.
10.To strike the top of, as a wall, with the hind feet, in jumping, so as to gain new impetus; - said of a horse.
11.To improve (domestic animals, esp. sheep) by crossing certain individuals or breeds with other superior.
12.(Naut.) To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end becomes higher than the other.
13.To cut, break, or otherwise take off the top of (a steel ingot) to remove unsound metal.
14.(Golf) To strike (the ball) above the center; also, to make (as a stroke) by hitting the ball in this way.
To top off
a - to complete by putting on, or finishing, the top or uppermost part of; as, to top off a stack of hay; hence, to complete; to finish; to adorn.
b - to completely fill (an almost full tank) by adding more of the liquid it already contains.

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