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English adjective: top

1. top situated at the top or highest position


SamplesThe top shelf.


Similarapical, crowning, topmost, upmost, upper, uppermost


See alsobest, high


Antonymsbottom, side


English noun: top

1. top (location) the upper part of anything


SamplesThe mower cuts off the tops of the grass.
The title should be written at the top of the first page.


Broader (hypernym)part, region


Narrower (hyponym)cap, capital, chapiter, crown, crown, head, masthead, treetop

2. top (location) the highest or uppermost side of anything


SamplesPut your books on top of the desk.
Only the top side of the box was painted.


Synonymstop side, upper side, upside


Broader (hypernym)face, side


Narrower (hyponym)crest, crown, crown, desktop, pate, poll, poll, rooftop, tiptop

3. top (location) the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)


SamplesThe view from the peak was magnificent.
They clambered to the tip of Monadnock.
The region is a few molecules wide at the summit.


Synonymscrest, crown, peak, summit, tip


Broader (hypernym)place, spot, topographic point


Narrower (hyponym)brow, hilltop, mountain peak, pinnacle

4. top (time) the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat


SamplesA relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth.


Synonymstop of the inning


Broader (hypernym)bout, round, turn


Part meronymframe, inning


Antonymsbottom of the inning, bottom

5. top (state) the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development


SamplesHis 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.


Synonymsacme, elevation, height, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, tiptop


Broader (hypernym)degree, level, point, stage

6. top (attribute) the greatest possible intensity


SamplesHe screamed at the top of his lungs.


Broader (hypernym)intensity, intensiveness

7. top (artifact) platform surrounding the head of a lower mast


Broader (hypernym)platform


Part meronymship

8. top (artifact) a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin


SamplesHe got a bright red top and string for his birthday.


Synonymsspinning top, teetotum, whirligig


Broader (hypernym)plaything, toy


Narrower (hyponym)humming top, peg top, whip top, whipping top

9. top (artifact) covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container)


SamplesHe removed the top of the carton.
He couldn't get the top off of the bottle.
Put the cover back on the kettle.


Synonymscover


Broader (hypernym)covering


Narrower (hyponym)cap, lid, manhole cover, screwtop

10. top (artifact) a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips


SamplesHe stared as she buttoned her top.


Broader (hypernym)woman's clothing


Narrower (hyponym)blouse, bodice, bustier, halter

11. top (artifact) a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance


SamplesHe was afraid of a fire in the circus tent.
They had the big top up in less than an hour.


Synonymsbig top, circus tent, round top


Broader (hypernym)canvas, canvas tent, canvass


Part meronymcircus


English verb: top

1. top (stative) be superior or better than some standard


SamplesShe exceeded our expectations.
She topped her performance of last year.


Synonymsexceed, go past, overstep, pass, transcend


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)excel, stand out, surpass

2. top (motion) pass by, over, or under without making contact


SamplesThe balloon cleared the tree tops.


Synonymsclear


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)overhaul, overtake, pass


Narrower (hyponym)hop

3. top (stative) be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point


SamplesA star tops the Christmas Tree.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)lie

4. top (stative) be ahead of others; be the first


SamplesShe topped her class every year.


Synonymslead


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Entailcompete, contend, vie

5. top (possession) provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure)


SamplesThe towers were topped with conical roofs.


Synonymstop out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply

6. top (motion) reach or ascend the top of


SamplesThe hikers topped the mountain just before noon.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)arrive at, attain, gain, hit, make, reach

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


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hit

8. top (contact) cut the top off


SamplesTop trees and bushes.


ExamplesThey top the trees


Synonymspinch


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)clip, crop, cut back, dress, lop, prune, snip, trim


Narrower (hyponym)tail

9. top (change) be the culminating event


SamplesThe speech crowned the meeting.


Synonymscrown


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)climax, culminate

10. top (change) finish up or conclude


SamplesThey topped off their dinner with a cognac.
Top the evening with champagne.


Synonymstop off


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)complete, finish









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