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Meaning & Definition of Top in English

English

Top

/tɑp/

noun

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • top

2. The highest or uppermost side of anything

  • "Put your books on top of the desk"
  • "Only the top side of the box was painted"
    synonym:
  • top
  • ,
  • top side
  • ,
  • upper side
  • ,
  • upside

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • peak
  • ,
  • crown
  • ,
  • crest
  • ,
  • top
  • ,
  • tip
  • ,
  • summit

4. The first half of an inning

  • While the visiting team is at bat
  • "A relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth"
    synonym:
  • top
  • ,
  • top of the inning

5. 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"
    synonym:
  • acme
  • ,
  • height
  • ,
  • elevation
  • ,
  • peak
  • ,
  • pinnacle
  • ,
  • summit
  • ,
  • superlative
  • ,
  • meridian
  • ,
  • tiptop
  • ,
  • top

6. The greatest possible intensity

  • "He screamed at the top of his lungs"
    synonym:
  • top

7. Platform surrounding the head of a lower mast

    synonym:
  • top

8. 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"
    synonym:
  • top
  • ,
  • whirligig
  • ,
  • teetotum
  • ,
  • spinning top

9. 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"
    synonym:
  • top
  • ,
  • cover

10. A garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips

  • "He stared as she buttoned her top"
    synonym:
  • top

11. 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"
    synonym:
  • circus tent
  • ,
  • big top
  • ,
  • round top
  • ,
  • top

verb

1. Be superior or better than some standard

  • "She exceeded our expectations"
  • "She topped her performance of last year"
    synonym:
  • exceed
  • ,
  • transcend
  • ,
  • overstep
  • ,
  • pass
  • ,
  • go past
  • ,
  • top

2. Pass by, over, or under without making contact

  • "The balloon cleared the tree tops"
    synonym:
  • clear
  • ,
  • top

3. Be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point

  • "A star tops the christmas tree"
    synonym:
  • top

4. Be ahead of others

  • Be the first
  • "She topped her class every year"
    synonym:
  • lead
  • ,
  • top

5. Provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure)

  • "The towers were topped with conical roofs"
    synonym:
  • top
  • ,
  • top out

6. Reach or ascend the top of

  • "The hikers topped the mountain just before noon"
    synonym:
  • top

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

    synonym:
  • top

8. Cut the top off

  • "Top trees and bushes"
    synonym:
  • top
  • ,
  • pinch

9. Be the culminating event

  • "The speech crowned the meeting"
    synonym:
  • crown
  • ,
  • top

10. Finish up or conclude

  • "They topped off their dinner with a cognac"
  • "Top the evening with champagne"
    synonym:
  • top
  • ,
  • top off

adjective

1. Situated at the top or highest position

  • "The top shelf"
    synonym:
  • top(a)

Examples of using

Is the top rung strong enough?
He was all soaking wet from top to toe.
Can you reach the sugar on the top shelf?