What does top mean?

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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"


  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 child's 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Top

    top, n. the highest part of anything: the upper end or surface: the upper part of a plant: the crown of the head: the highest place, rank, or crown, consummation: the chief or highest person: (naut.) a small platform at the head of the lower mast: the end-piece of a jointed fishing-rod: the same as top-boot, esp. in pl.adj. highest, foremost, chief: good, capital.—v.t. to cover on the top: to tip: to rise above: to surpass: to rise to the top of: to take off the top of: to hit a golf ball above its centre.—v.i. to be eminent:—pr.p. top′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. topped.—adj. Top′-boot′ed, wearing top-boots.—n.pl. Top′-boots, long-legged boots with an ornamental band of bright-coloured leather round the top.—ns. Top′coat, a coat worn outside one's other clothes: Top′-drain′ing, the act or practice of draining the surface of land.—v.t. Top′-dress, to spread manure on the surface of.—n. Top′-dress′ing, a dressing of manure laid on the surface of land: (fig.) any superficial covering.—adjs. Top′full (Shak.), full to the top or brim; Top′gallant, applied to the mast and sail next above the topmast and topsail and below the royal-mast.—n. Top′-hamp′er, unnecessary weight on a ship's upper-deck.—adj. Top′-heav′y, having the upper part too heavy for the lower: tipsy.—n. Top′-knot, a crest or knot of feathers upon the head of a bird: a knot of ribbons worn by women on the top of the head: the popular name of some small fishes of the same genus as the turbot and brill.—adjs. Top′-knotted; Top′less (Shak.), supreme, without superior; Top′loftical, Top′lofty, having a high top, pompous, bombastic.—ns. Top′loftiness; Top′man, a man stationed in one of the tops: a top-sawyer; Top′mast, the second mast, or that immediately above the lower mast.—adj. Top′most, next the top: highest.—ns. Top′per, one who, or that which, excels; Top′ping, the act of one who tops, that which tops: (pl.) that cut off in topping.—adj. surpassing, pre-eminent: arrogant.—adv. Top′pingly.—adj. Top′-proud (Shak.), proud in the highest degree.—ns. Topsail (top′sāl, or -sl), a sail across the topmast; Top′-saw′yer, the upper sawyer in a sawpit: (coll.) a superior, a person of importance; Top′-side, the upper part; Tops′man, a head-drover, a foreman; Top′-soil, the upper part or surface of the soil; Top′-soil′ing, removal of the top-soil; Top′-stone, a stone placed on the top, or which forms the top. [A.S. top; Ger. zopf.]

  2. Top

    top, n. a child's toy, shaped like a pear, and set or kept whirling round by means of a string or a whip. [Prob. Old Dut. top, toppe, dop, doppe; Mid. High Ger. topf, tupfen, a pot.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. top

    A sort of platform placed over the head of the lower mast, from which it projects like a scaffold. The principal intention of the top is to extend the topmast-shrouds, so as to form a greater angle with the mast, and thereby give it additional support. It is sustained by certain timbers bolted fore-and-aft on the bibbs or shoulders of the mast, and called the trestle-trees; athwart these are the cross-trees. In ships of war it is used as a kind of redoubt, and is fortified accordingly. It is also very convenient for containing the materials for setting the small sails, fixing and repairing the rigging, &c. The tops are named after their respective masts. This top was formerly fenced on the after-side by a rail about three feet high, between the stanchions of which a netting was usually constructed, and stowed in action with hammocks. This was covered with red baize, or canvas painted red, and called the top-armour. Top-armours were in use with the Spaniards in 1810.

Editors Contribution

  1. TOP

    An abbreviation. means twenty-one pilots

    top is a band

    Submitted by anonymous on May 12, 2019  

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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 for top »

  1. opt, OTP, pot, PTO, TPO

  2. OTP

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of top in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of top in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of top in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    Top of the line.

  2. John Avey:

    It's like the cherry on top.

  3. Fatih Birol:

    China is at the top of the list.

  4. Fred Allen:

    Do we really deserve top billing?

  5. Sierra Hellstrom:

    It's almost like a lid on top of a pot.

Images & Illustrations of top

  1. toptoptoptoptop

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Translations for top

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  • قمةArabic
  • cofa, baldufaCatalan, Valencian
  • káča, vršekCzech
  • snurretopDanish
  • Deckel, Mars, Topp, Kappe, Oberteil, Top, KreiselGerman
  • σβούρα, καπάκι, κορυφή, πάνωGreek
  • suproEsperanto
  • máximo, camote, parte de más arriba, tapadera, dominador, parte superior, cubierta, cofa, [[hombre]] [[penetrador]], cabecera, top, dominadora, pirinola, trompo, tapa, peonza, activo, cima, cubrir, rendir, despuntar, rematar, sobresalirSpanish
  • vurr, vurrkann, aktiivneEstonian
  • تاپ, اکتیو, درجه یکPersian
  • nuppi, top, hyrrä, korkki, toppi, huippu, pää, kansi, [[antava]] [[osapuoli]], yläosa, huippuhela, paras, latva, yläreuna, voittaa, typistää, peittää, yläpää, päihittää, kattaa, katkaista, lyödäFinnish
  • hune, toupie, couvercle, dessus, première demi-mancheFrench
  • uachtarIrish
  • mullach, ceannScottish Gaelic
  • סביבוןHebrew
  • चोटीHindi
  • kupak, fedő, tető, felső rész, felsőHungarian
  • գագաթArmenian
  • coperchio, top, sommità, trottola, parte superiore, attivo, cima, coffa, cappuccioItalian
  • 表, 独楽, 頂上, トップス, タチ, 蓋, 上着Japanese
  • 초, 꼭대기, 팽이Korean
  • cacumen, summitatemLatin
  • DappLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • augša, virsotne, galotneLatvian
  • tihi, hīpoki, kaihōtaka, pōtakaMāori
  • മൂടി, അടപ്പ്, മുകള്‍ ഭാഗം, പമ്പരം, മേല്‍ വസ്ത്രംMalayalam
  • оргил, оройMongolian
  • ဂျင်Burmese
  • deksel, mers, topp, kork, snurrebass, lokk, toppe, overgå, dekkeNorwegian
  • bovenkant, topje, bovenkleding, draaitol, deksel, tol, top-, van kant maken, uitmuntenDutch
  • topp, lokk, kork, deksel, mers, snurrebassNorwegian Nynorsk
  • cima, cume, ativo, tampa, top de linha, gávea, topo, top, pião, cimo, sumidade, cobrir, excelerPortuguese
  • vârf, culmeRomanian
  • кры́шка, активный, волчо́к, верши́на, юла́, лучший, верхняя одежда, верх, топ-, топ, верху́шкаRussian
  • зврк, а̏ктӣван, ȁktīvan, чигра, čigra, zvrkSerbo-Croatian
  • överdel, märs, topp, propp, snurra, kapsyl, lock, överträffaSwedish
  • trumpoTagalog
  • төпеTatar
  • đánh quayVietnamese
  • tupitVolapük

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