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
the highest or uppermost side of anything
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)
the view from the peak was magnificent|they clambered to the tip of Monadnock|the region is a few molecules wide at the summit
Synonym: tip, summit, peak, crown, crest
the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat
a relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth
the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development
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
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
he got a bright red top and string for his birthday
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
Synonym: cover
a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips
he stared as she buttoned her top
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
be superior or better than some standard
She exceeded our expectations|She topped her performance of last year
pass by, over, or under without making contact
the balloon cleared the tree tops
Synonym: clear
be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point
A star tops the Christmas Tree
be ahead of others; be the first
she topped her class every year
Synonym: lead
provide with a top or finish the top (of a structure)
the towers were topped with conical roofs
Synonym: top out
reach or ascend the top of
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
top trees and bushes
Synonym: pinch
be the culminating event
The speech crowned the meeting
Synonym: crown
finish up or conclude
They topped off their dinner with a cognac|top the evening with champagne
Synonym: top off
situated at the top or highest position
the top shelf
Antonym: bottom, side