• Definition of top

    • (n): 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"  
    • (n): a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips; "he stared as she buttoned her top"  
    • (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"; "put the cover back on the kettle"  
    • (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"  
    • (n): platform surrounding the head of a lower mast  
    • (n): the greatest possible intensity; "he screamed at the top of his lungs"  
    • (n): the top point of a mountain or hill; "the view from the peak was magnificent"; "they clambered to the summit of Monadnock"  
    • (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"  
    • (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"  
    • (n): 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  
    • (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"  
    • (v): finish up or conclude; "They topped off their dinner with a cognac"; "top the evening with champagne"  
    • (v): be the culminating event; "The speech crowned the meeting"  
    • (v): cut the top off; "top trees and bushes"  
    • (v): strike (the top part of a ball in golf, baseball, or pool) giving it a forward spin  
    • (v): reach or ascend the top of; "The hikers topped the mountain just before noon"  
    • (v): pass by, over, or under without making contact; "the balloon cleared the tree tops"  
    • (v): provide with a top; "the towers were topped with conical roofs"  
    • (v): go beyond; "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year"  
    • (v): be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year"  
    • (v): be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point; "A star tops the Christmas Tree"  
    • (s): not to be surpassed; "his top effort"  

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