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Definition of Top


  1. A stroke on the top of the ball.
  2. A forward spin given to the ball by hitting it on or near the top.
  3. To cover with another dye; as, to top aniline black with methyl violet to prevent greening and crocking.
  4. To put a stiffening piece or back on (a saw blade).
  5. To arrange, as fruit, with the best on top.
  6. To strike the top of, as a wall, with the hind feet, in jumping, so as to gain new impetus; -- said of a horse.
  7. To improve (domestic animals, esp. sheep) by crossing certain individuals or breeds with other superior.
  8. To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end becomes higher than the other.
  9. To cut, break, or otherwise take off the top of (a steel ingot) to remove unsound metal.
  10. To strike (the ball) above the center; also, to make (as a stroke) by hitting the ball in this way.
  11. To strike a ball above the center.
  12. To rise at one end, as a yard; -- usually with up.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. The utmost degree; the acme; the summit.
  17. 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.
  18. The chief person; the most prominent one.
  19. The crown of the head, or the hair upon it; the head.
  20. The head, or upper part, of a plant.
  21. 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.
  22. A bundle or ball of slivers of comkbed wool, from which the noils, or dust, have been taken out.
  23. Eve; verge; point.
  24. The part of a cut gem between the girdle, or circumference, and the table, or flat upper surface.
  25. Top-boots.
  26. To rise aloft; to be eminent; to tower; as, lofty ridges and topping mountains.
  27. To predominate; as, topping passions.
  28. To excel; to rise above others.
  29. To cover on the top; to tip; to cap; -- chiefly used in the past participle.
  30. To rise above; to excel; to outgo; to surpass.
  31. To rise to the top of; to go over the top of.
  32. To take off the or upper part of; to crop.
  33. To perform eminently, or better than before.
  34. To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end becomes higher than the other.

Top Quotations

Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.
Alex Haley

It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top. - Henry Ward Beecher
It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.
Henry Ward Beecher

People who make the choice to study, work hard or do whatever they endeavor is to give it the max on themselves to reach to the top level. And you have the people who get envy and jealous, yet are not willing to put that work in, and they want to get the same praise.
Evander Holyfield

Love is an ice cream sundae, with all the marvelous coverings. Sex is the cherry on top.
Jimmy Dean

Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
Dag Hammarskjold
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Top Translations

top in Afrikaans is vermink
top in Danish is overflade, top
top in Dutch is afknotten
top in German is oben, Anfang {m}, Kopfende {n}
top in Latin is superficies
top in Portuguese is alto
top in Spanish is obturador, superficie, cima, parte superior
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