Definitions for TOPtɒp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

toptɒp(n.; adj.; v.)topped, top•ping.

  1. (n.)the highest point, part, or level of anything; summit.

  2. the uppermost or upper part, surface, end, etc., of anything.

  3. a lid or covering of a container.

  4. the highest or leading position or rank:

    at the top of the class.

  5. a person or thing occupying such a position.

  6. the highest pitch or degree:

    at the top of one's voice.

  7. the first or foremost part; beginning:

    Take it from the top.

  8. a garment for the upper body.

    Category: Clothing

  9. a rooflike upper part or cover on a vehicle.

  10. tops, the part of a plant that grows above ground, esp. of an edible root.

    Category: Botany

  11. the head or the crown of the head:

    from top to toe.

  12. the best or choicest part:

    the top of the lot.

  13. Brit. a part considered as higher: high gear of an automobile.

    the top of the street.

    Category: Automotive, British

  14. a platform surrounding the head of a lower mast on a ship and serving as a foothold, a means of extending the upper rigging, etc.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  15. (in bridge) the best card of a suit in a player's hand. (in duplicate bridge) the best score on a hand.

    Category: Games

  16. the first half of an inning in baseball.

    Category: Sport

  17. (in sports) a stroke that hits a ball above its center. the forward spin given to the ball by such a stroke.

    Category: Sport

  18. Chem. the part of a mixture under distillation that volatilizes first.

    Category: Chemistry

  19. (adj.)of, situated at, or forming the top; highest; uppermost; upper.

  20. highest in degree; greatest:

    to pay top prices.

  21. foremost, chief, or principal:

    the top players.

  22. highest in rank, quality, or popularity:

    the top ten movies.

  23. (v.t.)to furnish with a top; put a top on.

  24. to be at or constitute the top of.

  25. to reach the top of.

  26. to rise above.

  27. to exceed in height, amount, number, etc.

  28. to surpass, excel, or outdo:

    That tops everything.

  29. to surmount with something specified.

  30. to remove the top of; crop; prune:

    to top a tree.

  31. to get or leap over the top of (a fence, barrier, etc.).

  32. Chem. to distill off only the most volatile part of (a mixture).

    Category: Chemistry

  33. to strike (a ball) above its center, giving it a forward spin. to make (a stroke) by hitting the ball in this manner.

  34. (v.i.)to rise aloft.

  35. top off, to climax or complete, esp. in an exceptional manner; finish. to fill (a partly filled container, as a gas tank) to capacity.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  36. top out, to finish the top of (a structure). to reach the highest level.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Building Trades

Idioms for top:

  1. at the top of one's lungs, as loudly as possible; with full voice.

    Category: Idiom

  2. off the top of one's head, without thought or preparation; extemporaneously.

    Category: Idiom

  3. on top, successful; victorious; dominant.

    Category: Idiom

  4. on top of, over or upon. in addition to; over and above. in complete control: very or overly close to: close upon; following upon. aware of; informed about.

    on top of the problem.

    living on top of each other.

    Category: Idiom

  5. on top of the world, elated; exuberant.

    Category: Idiom

  6. over the top, over the top of a trench, as in charging the enemy. surpassing a goal, quota, or limit.

    Category: Idiom, Military

Origin of top:

bef. 1000; ME; late OE topp, c. OFris topp tuft, OHG zopf plait, tress, ON toppr top, tuft


  1. a toy, often inversely conical, with a point on which it is made to spin.

Idioms for top:

  1. sleep like a top, to sleep soundly.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of top:

bef. 1100; ME, OE, c. Fris, dial. D top


  1. var. of topo- before a vowel:


    Category: Affix

Princeton's WordNet

  1. top(noun)

    the upper part of anything

    "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(noun)

    the highest or uppermost side of anything

    "put your books on top of the desk"; "only the top side of the box was painted"

  3. peak, crown, crest, top, tip, summit(noun)

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

    "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(noun)

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

    "a relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth"

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

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

    "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(noun)

    the greatest possible intensity

    "he screamed at the top of his lungs"

  7. top(noun)

    platform surrounding the head of a lower mast

  8. top, whirligig, teetotum, spinning top(noun)

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

    "he got a bright red top and string for his birthday"

  9. top, cover(noun)

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

    "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(noun)

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

    "he stared as she buttoned her top"

  11. circus tent, big top, round top, top(adj)

    a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance

    "he was afraid of a fire in the circus tent"; "they had the big top up in less than an hour"

  12. top(a)(verb)

    situated at the top or highest position

    "the top shelf"

  13. exceed, transcend, overstep, pass, go past, top(verb)

    be superior or better than some standard

    "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year"

  14. clear, top(verb)

    pass by, over, or under without making contact

    "the balloon cleared the tree tops"

  15. top(verb)

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

    "A star tops the Christmas Tree"

  16. lead, top(verb)

    be ahead of others; be the first

    "she topped her class every year"

  17. top, top out(verb)

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

    "the towers were topped with conical roofs"

  18. top(verb)

    reach or ascend the top of

    "The hikers topped the mountain just before noon"

  19. top(verb)

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

  20. top, pinch(verb)

    cut the top off

    "top trees and bushes"

  21. crown, top(verb)

    be the culminating event

    "The speech crowned the meeting"

  22. top, top off(verb)

    finish up or conclude

    "They topped off their dinner with a cognac"; "top the evening with champagne"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. top(noun)ɒp

    ≠ bottom

    at the top of the ladder; Run up to the top of the hill.

  2. topɒp

    ≠ bottom

    on the top of the table

  3. topɒp

    a lid of a container

    Screw the top on tight.

  4. topɒp

    an item of clothing for the upper body

    She wore a pink cotton top.

  5. topɒp

    the most important position or highest rank

    at the top of the business agenda; He'll work hard until he reaches the very top.

  6. topɒp


    I've searched the house from top to bottom and still can't find it.

  7. topɒp

    from memory or without thinking first

    I couldn't tell you his number off the top of my head.

  8. topɒp

    in the lead

    on top in the music charts

  9. topɒp

    on the highest part of

    a box on top of the dresser

  10. topɒp

    in addition to

    We all had to pay another $50 on top of the original price.

  11. topɒp

    in control of sth

    I'm trying to keep on top of my school work.

  12. topɒp

    extremely happy

    on top of the world after she agreed to marry him

  13. top(adjective)ɒp

    best, most successful, most important, etc.

    one of the country's top gymnasts; some top tips; our top priority


  1. top(Noun)

    That part of an object furthest away in the opposite direction from that in which an unsupported object would fall.

    His kite got caught at the top of the tree.

  2. top(Noun)

    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. Or, Further weather information can be found at the top of your television screen.

  3. top(Noun)

    A lid, cap or cover of a container.

    Put a top on the toothpaste tube or it will go bad.

  4. top(Noun)

    A garment worn to cover the torso.

    I bought this top as it matches by jeans.

  5. top(Noun)

    A childu2019s spinning toy; a spinning top.

    The boy was amazed at how long the top would spin.

  6. top(Noun)

    A framework at the top of a ship's mast to which rigging is attached

  7. top(Noun)

    The first half of an inning, during which the home team fields and the visiting team bats.

  8. top(Noun)

    A dominant partner in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.

  9. top(Noun)

    A gay man who likes take an active sexual role rather than a passive role (e.g. to penetrate in anal sex rather than be penetrated).

    I prefer being a top, and my boyfriend likes being the bottom.

  10. top(Verb)

    To cover on the top or with a top.

    I like my ice cream topped with chocolate sauce.

  11. top(Verb)

    To cut or remove the top (as of a tree)

  12. top(Verb)

    To excel, to surpass, to beat.

    Titanic was the most-successful film ever until it was topped by another Cameron film, Avatar.

  13. top(Verb)

    To be in the lead, to be at number one position (of).

    Celine Dion topped the UK music charts twice in the 1990s.

  14. top(Verb)

    To commit suicide, (rare) to murder.

    Depression causes many people to top themselves.

  15. top(Verb)

    To be the dominant partner in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.

  16. top(Verb)

    To be the partner who penetrates in anal sex.

  17. top(Noun)

    A top quark.

  18. top(Noun)

    The leaders in a competition

  19. top(Adverb)

    Rated first.

    She came top in her French exam.

  20. top(Adjective)


    She's in the top dance school in

  21. top(Adjective)

    superior, of high quality

Webster Dictionary

  1. Top(noun)

    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. Top(noun)

    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

  3. Top(noun)

    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

  4. Top(noun)

    the utmost degree; the acme; the summit

  5. Top(noun)

    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

  6. Top(noun)

    the chief person; the most prominent one

  7. Top(noun)

    the crown of the head, or the hair upon it; the head

  8. Top(noun)

    the head, or upper part, of a plant

  9. Top(noun)

    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

  10. Top(noun)

    a bundle or ball of slivers of comkbed wool, from which the noils, or dust, have been taken out

  11. Top(noun)

    eve; verge; point

  12. Top(noun)

    the part of a cut gem between the girdle, or circumference, and the table, or flat upper surface

  13. Top(noun)


  14. Top(verb)

    to rise aloft; to be eminent; to tower; as, lofty ridges and topping mountains

  15. Top(verb)

    to predominate; as, topping passions

  16. Top(verb)

    to excel; to rise above others

  17. Top(verb)

    to cover on the top; to tip; to cap; -- chiefly used in the past participle

  18. Top(verb)

    to rise above; to excel; to outgo; to surpass

  19. Top(verb)

    to rise to the top of; to go over the top of

  20. Top(verb)

    to take off the or upper part of; to crop

  21. Top(verb)

    to perform eminently, or better than before

  22. Top(verb)

    to raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end becomes higher than the other


  1. Top

    A top is a toy designed to be spun rapidly on the ground, the motion of which causes it to remain precisely balanced on its tip because of inertia. Such toys have existed since antiquity. Traditionally tops were constructed of wood, sometimes with an iron tip, and would be set in motion by aid of a string or rope coiled around its axis which, when pulled quickly, caused a rapid unwinding that would set the top in motion. Today they are often built of plastic, and modern materials and manufacturing processes allows tops to be constructed with such precise balance that they can be set in motion by a simple twirl of the wrist without need for string or rope.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TOP' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #881

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TOP' in Written Corpus Frequency: #466

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TOP' in Nouns Frequency: #331

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TOP' in Verbs Frequency: #860

  5. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TOP' in Adjectives Frequency: #102

Anagrams of TOP

  1. opt, OTP, pot, PTO, TPO

  2. OTP

Translations for TOP

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the highest part of anything

the top of the hill; the top of her head; The book is on the top shelf.

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