[ UK /tˈɒp/ ]
[ US /ˈtɑp, ˈtɔp/ ]
  1. the greatest possible intensity
    he screamed at the top of his lungs
  2. the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat
    a relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth
  3. covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container)
    he couldn't get the top off of the bottle
    put the cover back on the kettle
    he removed the top of the carton
  4. the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
    at the height of her career
    the peak of perfection
    his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty
    at the top of his profession
    summer was at its peak
    ...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame
    so many highest superlatives achieved by man
    the summit of his ambition
    the artist's gifts are at their acme
  5. the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)
    they clambered to the tip of Monadnock
    the view from the peak was magnificent
    the region is a few molecules wide at the summit
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. platform surrounding the head of a lower mast
  9. the highest or uppermost side of anything
    only the top side of the box was painted
    put your books on top of the desk
  10. a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips
    he stared as she buttoned her top
  11. a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance
    they had the big top up in less than an hour
    he was afraid of a fire in the circus tent
  1. be ahead of others; be the first
    she topped her class every year
  2. provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure)
    the towers were topped with conical roofs
  3. pass by, over, or under without making contact
    the balloon cleared the tree tops
  4. be superior or better than some standard
    She exceeded our expectations
    She topped her performance of last year
  5. cut the top off
    top trees and bushes
  6. finish up or conclude
    top the evening with champagne
    They topped off their dinner with a cognac
  7. reach or ascend the top of
    The hikers topped the mountain just before noon
  8. be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point
    A star tops the Christmas Tree
  9. be the culminating event
    The speech crowned the meeting
  10. strike (the top part of a ball in golf, baseball, or pool) giving it a forward spin
  1. situated at the top or highest position
    the top shelf
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How To Use top In A Sentence

  • Which is stupid, considering the drivers around here A: Don't normally stop for people and in fact have been caught trying to sneak ~around~ them and B: I've been nicked several times and almost hit three times different instances last summer attempting to obey the biking laws, none of those for mistakes on my part as I've been scared shitless at the lack of aware driving that's crept over my town. The funny thing about Pain..... (Let's talk trauma!)
  • The sheer volume is so overwhelming that the police cannot get on top of it. The Sun
  • The hat, I think the style was called fedora, had a dark band and a dint in the top, which my father would sometimes correct with a chopping action of his right hand.
  • Mr. Sorapong, 35 years old, selected industrial estate developers Hemaraj Land & Development PCL and Amata Corporation PCL among his top picks, with Hemaraj returning 147% over the course of 2010 and Amata providing a 99% return on investment. Real Estate
  • Would you stop making jokes at my expense?
  • The prehensile tail porcupine in South American actually lives in the treetops.
  • If there was any hope of holding on to even a shred of her dwindling self-respect, she should do exactly what she knew Margo would do—close the laptop, take her de-scrunchied, perfumed, and nearly thonged self down to the nearest club, pick up the first passably good-looking stranger who asked her to dance, and bring him back to the apartment for some safe but anonymous sex. Goodnight Tweetheart
  • Someone who really wanted to stop unsanctioned immigration would begin here, by busting the small contractors who employ these workers on a contingent basis.
  • So there is mounting concern at the top of government about how close to meltdown the prison system is. The Sun
  • And in a way I want to make my language as mimetic as possible, as sensual as possible, so that you can feel the treetops, taste the lamb chump chops, and hear the wind and the sound of the surf beating on the beach.
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