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Top \Top\, n. [CF. OD. dop, top, OHG., MNG., & dial. G. topf; perhaps akin to G. topf a pot.]
     1. 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. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Rope Making) 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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Top \Top\, n. [AS. top; akin to OFries. top a tuft, D. top top, OHG. zopf end, tip, tuft of hair, G. zopf tuft of hair, pigtail, top of a tree, Icel. toppr a tuft of hair, crest, top, Dan. top, Sw. topp pinnacle, top; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Tuft}.]
     1. 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. [1913 Webster]

              The star that bids the shepherd fold, Now the top of heaven doth hold.      --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     2. The utmost degree; the acme; the summit.
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              The top of my ambition is to contribute to that work.                                 --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     3. 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. [1913 Webster]

              And wears upon his baby brow the round And top of sovereignty.               --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. The chief person; the most prominent one.
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              Other . . . aspired to be the top of zealots.
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     5. The crown of the head, or the hair upon it; the head.
        "From top to toe" --Spenser.
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              All the stored vengeance of Heaven fall On her ungrateful top !               --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     6. The head, or upper part, of a plant.
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              The buds . . . are called heads, or tops, as cabbageheads.                         --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

     7. (Naut.) 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.
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     8. (Wool Manuf.) A bundle or ball of slivers of comkbed wool, from which the noils, or dust, have been taken out. [1913 Webster]

     9. Eve; verge; point. [R.] "He was upon the top of his marriage with Magdaleine." --Knolles. [1913 Webster]

     10. The part of a cut gem between the girdle, or circumference, and the table, or flat upper surface.
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     11. pl. Top-boots. [Slang] --Dickens.
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     12. (Golf)
         (a) A stroke on the top of the ball.
         (b) A forward spin given to the ball by hitting it on or near the top. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     Note: Top is often used adjectively or as the first part of compound words, usually self-explaining; as, top stone, or topstone; top-boots, or top boots; top soil, or top-soil. [1913 Webster]

     {Top and but} (Shipbuilding), a phrase used to denote a method of working long tapering planks by bringing the but of one plank to the top of the other to make up a constant breadth in two layers.

     {Top minnow} (Zool.), a small viviparous fresh-water fish ({Gambusia patruelis}) abundant in the Southern United States. Also applied to other similar species.

     {From top to toe}, from head to foot; altogether. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Top \Top\, v. t.
     1. To cover on the top; to tip; to cap; -- chiefly used in the past participle. [1913 Webster]

              Like moving mountains topped with snow. --Waller. [1913 Webster]

              A mount
              Of alabaster, topped with golden spires. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     2. To rise above; to excel; to outgo; to surpass. [1913 Webster]

              Topping all others in boasting.       --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Edmund the base shall top the legitimate. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. To rise to the top of; to go over the top of. [1913 Webster]

              But wind about till thou hast topped the hill.
                                                    --Denham. [1913 Webster]

     4. To take off the or upper part of; to crop.
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              Top your rose trees a little with your knife.
                                                    --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

     5. To perform eminently, or better than before. [1913 Webster]

              From endeavoring universally to top their parts, they will go universally beyond them. --Jeffrey. [1913 Webster]

     6. (Naut.) To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end becomes higher than the other. [1913 Webster]

     7. (Dyeing) To cover with another dye; as, to top aniline black with methyl violet to prevent greening and crocking. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     8. To put a stiffening piece or back on (a saw blade). [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     9. To arrange, as fruit, with the best on top. [Cant] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     10. To strike the top of, as a wall, with the hind feet, in jumping, so as to gain new impetus; -- said of a horse. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     11. To improve (domestic animals, esp. sheep) by crossing certain individuals or breeds with other superior. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     12. (Naut.) To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end becomes higher than the other. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     13. To cut, break, or otherwise take off the top of (a steel ingot) to remove unsound metal. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     14. (Golf) To strike (the ball) above the center; also, to make (as a stroke) by hitting the ball in this way. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     {To top off},
         (a) to complete by putting on, or finishing, the top or uppermost part of; as, to top off a stack of hay; hence, to complete; to finish; to adorn. (b) to completely fill (an almost full tank) by adding more of the liquid it already contains. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Top \Top\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Topped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Topping}.]
     1. To rise aloft; to be eminent; to tower; as, lofty ridges and topping mountains. --Derham. [1913 Webster]

     2. To predominate; as, topping passions. "Influenced by topping uneasiness." --Locke. [1913 Webster]

     3. To excel; to rise above others.
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              But write thy, and top.               --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Golf) To strike a ball above the center.
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     5. (Naut.) To rise at one end, as a yard; -- usually with up. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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355 Moby Thesaurus words for "top":
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