What is the meaning of top?


  • The upper part of anything.
    • usage: "the mower cuts off the tops of the grass"; "the title should be written at the top of the first page"
  • The highest or uppermost side of anything.
    • usage: "put your books on top of the desk"; "only the top side of the box was painted"
  • The top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill. )
    • usage: "the view from the peak was magnificent"; "they clambered to the tip of Monadnock"; "the region is a few molecules wide at the summit"
  • The first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat.
    • usage: "a relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth"
  • The highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development.
    • usage: "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"
  • The greatest possible intensity.
    • usage: "he screamed at the top of his lungs"
  • Platform surrounding the head of a lower mast.
  • A conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin.
    • usage: "he got a bright red top and string for his birthday"
  • Covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container. )
    • usage: "he removed the top of the carton"; "he couldn't get the top off of the bottle"; "put the cover back on the kettle"
  • A garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips.
    • usage: "he stared as she buttoned her top"
  • A canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance.
    • usage: "he was afraid of a fire in the circus tent"; "they had the big top up in less than an hour"


  • Be superior or better than some standard.
    • usage: "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year"
  • Pass by, over, or under without making contact.
    • usage: "the balloon cleared the tree tops"
  • Be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point.
    • usage: "A star tops the Christmas Tree"
  • Be ahead of others; be the first.
    • usage: "she topped her class every year"
  • Provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure. )
    • usage: "the towers were topped with conical roofs"
  • Reach or ascend the top of.
    • usage: "The hikers topped the mountain just before noon"
  • Strike (the top part of a ball in golf, baseball, or pool) giving it a forward spin.
  • Cut the top off.
    • usage: "top trees and bushes"
  • Be the culminating event.
    • usage: "The speech crowned the meeting"
  • Finish up or conclude.
    • usage: "They topped off their dinner with a cognac"; "top the evening with champagne"


  • Situated at the top or highest position.
    • usage: "the top shelf"
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APAWordNet. (2010). top. Retrieved January 18, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/top/definitions/1185540
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "top" http://smartdefine.org/top/definitions/1185540 (accessed January 18, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, top, Smart Define, viewed 18 January, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/top/definitions/1185540>.
MLAWordNet. "top" 23 October 2010. Web. 18 January 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/top/definitions/1185540>
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