top

The highest or uppermost part of something is its top, like the top rung of a ladder or the top bunk of a bunkbed.

A top is also a lid, like the top of a soda bottle, an upper rank, like the top position at a law firm, and a child's spinning toy. If you yell at the top of your voice, you use the loudest possible volume. As a verb, top can mean "to beat in a competition," like when you top all of the other contestants in the spelling bee, or "to provide with a topping," like when you top your pie with whipped cream. Your band director might command, "From the top!" meaning "Play it again, from the beginning!"

Primary Meanings of top

1.
nadjv
the upper part of anything
situated at the top or highest position
provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure)
2.
nv
the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
be ahead of others; be the first
3.
v
finish up or conclude
4.
n
the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat
5.
n
a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance
6.
n
a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin
Full Definitions of top
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n 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”
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cap, capital, chapiter
the upper part of a column that supports the entablature
masthead
the head or top of a mast
crown
the part of a tooth above the gum that is covered with enamel
head
the top of something
crown, treetop
the upper branches and leaves of a tree or other plant
capitulum
an arrangement of leafy branches forming the top or head of a tree
Type of:
part, region
the extended spatial location of something

n the highest or uppermost side of anything

“put your books on top of the desk”
“only the top side of the box was painted”
Synonyms:
top side, upper side, upside
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crest, crown
the center of a cambered road
poll
the part of the head between the ears
crown, pate, poll
the top of the head
desktop
the top of a desk
rooftop
the top of a (usually flat) roof
tiptop
the extreme top or summit
tonsure
the shaved crown of a monk's or priest's head
Type of:
face, side
a surface forming part of the outside of an object

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

Synonyms:
crest, crown, peak, summit, tip
Types:
brow, hilltop
the peak of a hill
pinnacle
a lofty peak
mountain peak
the summit of a mountain
Type of:
place, spot, topographic point
a point located with respect to surface features of some region

n 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”
Synonyms:
cover
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cap
a top (as for a bottle)
lid
a movable top or cover (hinged or separate) for closing the opening at the top of a box, chest, jar, pan, etc.
manhole cover
a flush iron cover for a manhole (as in a street)
screwtop
the top of a container that must be screwed off and on
bottlecap
a cap that seals a bottle
nipple
a flexible cap on a baby's feeding bottle or pacifier
radiator cap
cap on the opening in the top of a radiator through which a coolant liquid can be added
trunk lid
hinged lid for a trunk
Type of:
covering
an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)

n platform surrounding the head of a lower mast

Type of:
platform
a raised horizontal surface

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

“he stared as she buttoned her top
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blouse
a top worn by women
bodice
part of a dress above the waist
bustier
a close-fitting and strapless top without sleeves that is worn by women either as lingerie or for evening dress
halter
a woman's top that fastens behind the back and neck leaving the back and arms uncovered
garibaldi
a loose high-necked blouse with long sleeves; styled after the red flannel shirts worn by Garibaldi's soldiers
guimpe
a short blouse with sleeves that is worn under a jumper or pinafore dress
middy, middy blouse
blouse with a sailor collar
shirtwaist, shirtwaister
a blouse with buttons down the front
Type of:
woman's clothing
clothing that is designed for women to wear

adj situated at the top or highest position

“the top shelf”
Synonyms:
best
(superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities
high
(literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')
apical
situated at an apex
crowning
forming or providing a crown or summit
topmost, upmost, uppermost
at or nearest to the top
upper
the topmost one of two
Antonyms:
bottom
situated at the bottom or lowest position
side
located on a side
bottommost, lowermost, nethermost
farthest down
inferior
lower than a given reference point
nether
lower
broadside
toward a full side
lateral, sidelong
situated at or extending to the side
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v provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure)

“the towers were topped with conical roofs”
Synonyms:
top out
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

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

“A star tops the Christmas Tree”
Type of:
lie
be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

v reach or ascend the top of

“The hikers topped the mountain just before noon”
Type of:
arrive at, attain, gain, hit, make, reach
reach a destination, either real or abstract

v cut the top off

top trees and bushes”
Synonyms:
pinch
Types:
tail
remove the stalk of fruits or berries
Type of:
clip, crop, cut back, dress, lop, prune, snip, trim
cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

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

Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking

v pass by, over, or under without making contact

Synonyms:
clear
Types:
hop
jump across
Type of:
overhaul, overtake, pass
travel past
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n the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development

“at the top of his profession”
Synonyms:
acme, elevation, height, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, tiptop
Type of:
degree, level, point, stage
a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process

n the greatest possible intensity

“he screamed at the top of his lungs”
Type of:
intensity, intensiveness
high level or degree; the property of being intense

v be ahead of others; be the first

“she topped her class every year”
Synonyms:
lead

v be superior or better than some standard

“She topped her performance of last year”
Synonyms:
exceed, go past, overstep, pass, transcend
Type of:
excel, stand out, surpass
distinguish oneself

v be the culminating event

Synonyms:
crown
Type of:
climax, culminate
end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage
3

v finish up or conclude

“They topped off their dinner with a cognac”
top the evening with champagne”
Synonyms:
top off
Type of:
complete, finish
come or bring to a finish or an end
4

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

“a relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth”
Synonyms:
top of the inning
Antonyms:
bottom, bottom of the inning
the second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat
Type of:
bout, round, turn
(sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
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n a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance

Synonyms:
big top, circus tent, round top
Type of:
canvas, canvas tent, canvass
a tent made of canvas fabric
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n 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”
Synonyms:
spinning top, teetotum, whirligig
Types:
humming top
a top that makes a humming noise as it spins
peg top
a pear-shaped top made of wood with a metal center pin
whip top, whipping top
a top that is spun by whipping
Type of:
plaything, toy
an artifact designed to be played with

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