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  1. the highest level or degree attainable; "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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. (of persons) highest in rank or authority or office; "his arch rival"; "the boss man"; "the chief executive"; "head librarian"; "top administrators" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the top point of a mountain or hill; "the view from the peak was magnificent"; "they clambered to the summit of Monadnock" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. ranking above all others; "was first in her class"; "the foremost figure among marine artists"; "the top graduate" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. not to be surpassed; "his top effort" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. cut the top off; "top trees and bushes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point; "A star tops the Christmas Tree" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips; "he stared as she buttoned her top" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. platform surrounding the head of a lower mast Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. the greatest possible intensity; "he screamed at the top of his lungs" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. the highest or uppermost side of anything; "put your books on top of the desk"; "only the top side of the box was painted" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat; "a relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. be the culminating event; "The speech crowned the meeting" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. situated at the top or highest position; "the top shelf" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. finish up or conclude; "They topped off their dinner with a cognac"; "top the evening with champagne" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  20. strike (the top part of a ball in golf, baseball, or pool) giving it a forward spin Wordnet Dictionary DB
  21. reach or ascend the top of; "The hikers topped the mountain just before noon" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  22. pass by, over, or under without making contact; "the balloon cleared the tree tops" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  23. provide with a top; "the towers were topped with conical roofs" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  24. go beyond; "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  25. be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. A stroke on the top of the ball. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. A forward spin given to the ball by hitting it on or near the top. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. To cover with another dye; as, to top aniline black with methyl violet to prevent greening and crocking. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. To put a stiffening piece or back on (a saw blade). Webster Dictionary DB
  30. To arrange, as fruit, with the best on top. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. To improve (domestic animals, esp. sheep) by crossing certain individuals or breeds with other superior. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. To cut, break, or otherwise take off the top of (a steel ingot) to remove unsound metal. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. To strike a ball above the center. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. The utmost degree; the acme; the summit. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. The chief person; the most prominent one. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. The crown of the head, or the hair upon it; the head. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. The head, or upper part, of a plant. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. A bundle or ball of slivers of comkbed wool, from which the noils, or dust, have been taken out. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. Eve; verge; point. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. The part of a cut gem between the girdle, or circumference, and the table, or flat upper surface. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. Top-boots. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. To rise aloft; to be eminent; to tower; as, lofty ridges and topping mountains. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. To predominate; as, topping passions. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. To excel; to rise above others. Webster Dictionary DB
  50. To rise above; to excel; to outgo; to surpass. Webster Dictionary DB
  51. To rise to the top of; to go over the top of. Webster Dictionary DB
  52. To take off the or upper part of; to crop. Webster Dictionary DB
  53. To perform eminently, or better than before. Webster Dictionary DB
  54. To cover on the top; to tip; to cap; - chiefly used in the past participle. Webster Dictionary DB
  55. To strike the top of, as a wall, with the hind feet, in jumping, so as to gain new impetus; - said of a horse. Webster Dictionary DB
  56. To rise at one end, as a yard; - usually with up. Webster Dictionary DB
  57. The highest part; the summit; as, the top of a mountain; the upper side or surface; as, the top of a table; the highest person, place, or rank; the crown of the head; a small platform at the head of the lower mast of ships; a child's toy which can be made to spin upon its point. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  58. To put a cover over; to rise to the highest point of; to surmount; to excel or surpass; cut off the upper part of, as a plant. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  59. Pertaining to the highest part; highest; chief. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  60. Topped. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  61. Topping. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  62. The highest part of anything: the upper end or surface: the upper part of a plant: the crown of the head: the highest place or rank: the chief or highest person: (naut.) a small platform at the head of the lower mast. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  63. To cover on the top: to tip: to rise above: to surpass: to rise to the top of: to take off the top of:-pr.p. topping; pa.t. and pa.p. topped. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  64. A child's toy, shaped like a pear, and set or kept whirling round by means of a string or a whip. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  65. The highest part of anything; highest place or rank; small platform at the head of the lower mast; a spinning toy. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  66. To cover on the top; rise above; take off the top of. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  67. To remove the top of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  68. To provide with a top. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  69. To surmount; surpass; excel. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  70. The upper extremity of anything. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  71. That which is first or highest in rank or degree. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  72. A platform at the head of the lower section of a mast. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  73. A toy, of wood or metal, with a point on which it is made to rotate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  74. The highest part of anything; summit; surface; upper side; the highest place, or person, or degree, or rank; the hair on the crown of the head; the head of a plant; a sort of platform, surrounding the head of the lower mast and projecting on all sides, serving to extend the shrouds, and for the convenience of the men. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  75. An inverted conoid which children play with by whirling it on its point. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  76. To cover on the top; to cap; to rise above; to surpass; to crop; to rise to the top of. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  77. To rise aloft; to be eminent; to predominate; to excel. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  78. To strike (the ball) above the center; also, to make (as a stroke) by hitting the ball in this way. Webster Dictionary DB
  79. The highest or upper part of anything; the surface; the highest place or rank; the chief; among seamen, the small plateform near the lower-mast head. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  80. Situated at the top or highest part. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  81. To rise to the highest place; to rise above others; to excel; to rise over and above; to cover on the top; to crop; to take the upper part. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  82. A child's toy, of a pear shape, which is made to spin on its point by means of a long cord; also with a blunter point made to spin for any length of time by the continual application of a whip of several loose strands. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  83. To cover on the top; to tip; to cap; -- chiefly used in the past participle. mso.anu.edu.au
  84. To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end becomes higher than the other. mso.anu.edu.au
  85. To rise at one end, as a yard; usually with up. dictgcide_fs
  86. To cover on the top; to tip; to cap; chiefly used in the past participle. dictgcide_fs
  87. To strike the top of, as a wall, with the hind feet, in jumping, so as to gain new impetus; said of a horse. dictgcide_fs
  88. 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's[=a]l, 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  89. 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  90. Summit, highest part, as t. of a hill, hill-t., at the t. of the tree (fig., of highest rank in profession &c.); part of plant above ground, as turnip-tt.; surface (of ground), upper surface (of table &c.); upper part of shoe; cover of carriage; head (of page in book); upper edges of book, as gilt t.; (person occupying) highest rank, foremost place, as came out (at the) t. of the school, the t. (upper end, head) of the table; utmost degree, height, as realized the t. of my ambition, called at the t. of his voice, ran at the t. of his speed; crown of the head, as from t. to toe; (Naut.) platform round head of lower mast serving to extend topmast shrouds, as maint., foret., mizzent.; (pl.) metal buttons plated &c. only on face; bunch of hair, fibres, &c., esp. as measure= 1 1/2 lb.; (adj.) highest in position or degree, as the t. rail, at t. speed, whence top-MOST a.; t.-boot (also t.), boot with high t. usu. of different material or colour& made to look as if turned down; t.-coat, overcoat; t.-dress, apply manure on the t. of (earth) instead of ploughing it in, t.-dressing, this process, manure so applied; topgallant (topg-, tog-), mast, sail, yard, rigging, immediately above topmast& topsail; t.-hamper, light upper sails& rigging, t.-hat, tall silk hat; t.-heavy, over weighted at t. so as to be in danger of falling (often fig. of scheme &c.); t.-hole slang, first-rate; topknot, knot, bow of ribbon &c., tuft, crest, worn or growing on head; t.-lantern, -light, light displayed from mizzentop of flagship; topman, t.-sawyer (lit.), (Naut., also topsman) man doing duty in a t.; topmast (next above lower mast); topsail (-sl), square sail next above lowest; t.-sawyer, sawyer in upper position in saw-pit, (fig.) person in superior or high position; top-sides, sides of ship above water-line. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  91. Provide with top or cap; (Naut.) raise one end of (yard &c.) above the other; remove top of (plant) to improve growth &c.; reach the top of (hill &c.); be higher than; be superior to, surpass, as tops all I ever saw, whence topping a., toppingly adv.; t. one\'s part, surpass oneself; t. off or up, put an end or a finishing touch to (thing or abs); be of (specified height), as he tops 6 ft. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  92. Kinds of wooden or metal toy, usu. conical, spherical, or pear-shaped, rotating on sharp point at bottom when set in motion by hand, spring, or string; HUMMING, PEG, WHIP-ping or whip, -t.; t-shell, kinds of shell-fish with t.-shaped shell, [Middle High German] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  93. the t. of the morning (to you), Irish morning greeting. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  94. (Naut.) A platform at the head of a tower mast. Top-armour, a fencing on the after side, about three feet high, covered with red baize or canvas painted red. Top-armings, hammocks stowed in the rigging, to protect riflemen. Top a yard, ox doom, to raise one end by halliards. Top-castles, a kind of wooden castle at the masthead, in ancient ships. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  95. n. [Anglo-Saxon, Icelandic, Welsh] The highest part of any thing; the upper end, edge, or extremity; the upper side or surface;-the utmost degree;-the highest rank; the most honourable position; -the chief person ;-the crown of the head, or the hair upon it ; the head ;-the forelock ;-in ships, a sort of platform surrounding the head of the lower mast, and projecting on all sides. Cabinet Dictionary
  96. n. [German] A child's toy, commonly pear-shaped, made to spin on its point. Cabinet Dictionary

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