2 not to be surpassed; "his top effort" [syn: greatest]
1 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"
2 the highest or uppermost side of anything; "put your books on top of the desk"; "only the top side of the box was painted" [syn: top side, upper side, upside]
3 the top point of a mountain or hill; "the view from the peak was magnificent"; "they clambered to the summit of Monadnock" [syn: peak, crown, crest, tip, summit]
4 the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat; "a relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth" [syn: top of the inning] [ant: bottom]
5 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 fame"; "the summit of his ambition"; "so many highest superlatives achieved by man"; "at the top of his profession" [syn: acme, height, elevation, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative]
6 the greatest possible intensity; "he screamed at the top of his lungs"
7 platform surrounding the head of a lower mast
8 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" [syn: whirligig, teetotum, spinning top]
9 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" [syn: cover]
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; "he was afraid of a fire in the circus tent"; "they had the big top up in less than an hour" [syn: circus tent, big top, round top]
1 go beyond; "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year" [syn: exceed, transcend, overstep, pass, go past]
2 pass by, over, or under without making contact; "the balloon cleared the tree tops" [syn: clear]
3 be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point; "A star tops the Christmas Tree"
4 be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year" [syn: lead]
5 provide with a top; "the towers were topped with conical roofs"
6 reach or ascend the top of; "The hikers topped the mountain just before noon"
7 strike (the top part of a ball in golf, baseball, or pool) giving it a forward spin
8 cut the top off; "top trees and bushes" [syn: pinch]
9 be the culminating event; "The speech crowned the meeting" [syn: crown]
10 finish up or conclude; "They topped off their dinner with a cognac"; "top the evening with champagne" [syn: top off] [also: topping, topped]
- That part of an object furthest away in the opposite direction
from that in which an unsupported object would fall.
- His kite got caught at the top of the tree.
- The part viewed, or intended to be viewed, nearest the edge of
the visual field normally occupied by the uppermost visible
- Headings appear at the tops of pages. Or, Further weather information can be found at the top of your television screen.
- A lid, cap or cover of a container.
- A garment worn to cover the torso.
- A child’s spinning toy; a spinning top
- A framework at the top of a ship's mast to which rigging is attached
- The first half of an inning, during which the home team fields and the visiting team bats.
- A dominant partner in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
- slang gay sexuality A gay man who likes take an active sexual role rather than a passive role (e.g. to penetrate in anal sex rather than be penetrated).
- (part of an object furthest away in the opposite direction from that in which an unsupported object would fall): base, bottom, underside
- (part seen, or intended to be seen, nearest the edge of the visual field normally occupied by the uppermost visible objects): foot (of a page)
- (garment): bottoms
- (sexual slang): bottom
- (gay sexual slang): bottom
- big top
- on top
- on top of
- on top of the world
- top and tail
- top hat
- top of the morning
- Chinese: 頂, 顶 (dǐng)
- Dutch: bovenkant
- Finnish: huippu, latva, nuppi, pää
- French: dessus
- German: Oberteil
- Hungarian: tető
- Italian: cima
- Japanese: 頂上 (ちょうじょう, chōjō)
- Korean: 꼭대기 (kkogdaegi)
- Malayalam: മുകള് ഭാഗം (mukaL bhaagam)
- Portuguese: cima , topo
- Russian: вершина (veršína)
- Spanish: cima , parte superior
- Swedish: topp
- Tatar: töpe
uppermost part of a visual field
lid, cap, cover
garment worn to cover the torso
child’s spinning toy
top of a ship's mast
gay sexual slang: gay man who likes to penetrate in anal sex
slang: to murder
- Rated first.
- She came top in her French exam.
A top, or spinning top, is a toy that can be spun on an axis, balancing on a point. This motion is produced by holding the axis firmly while pulling a string. An internal weight then rotates, producing an overall circular motion. The top is one of the oldest recognizable toys found on archaeological sites. Spinning tops originated independently in cultures all over the world . Besides toys, tops have also historically been used for gambling and prophecy. Some role-playing gamers still use tops to augment dice in generating randomized results; it is in this case referred to as a spinner. A thumbtack may also be made to spin on the same principles.
The action of a top relies on the gyroscopic effect for its operation. Typically the top will at first wobble until the shape of the tip and its interaction with the surface force it upright. After spinning upright for an extended period, the angular momentum, and therefore the gyroscopic effect will gradually lessen, leading to ever increasing precession, finally causing the top to topple in a frequently violent last thrash.
In recent years there have been many developments with the technology of the top. Bearing tops, with a tip that spins, have been one of the biggest changes. Fixed tip tops and bearing tops are featured in National Championships in Chico, California and in the World Championships in Orlando, Florida.
Types of tops
- Concertina top
- Dreidel (also spelled "dradel", "dreidl", or "dreydl")
- Dueling top
- Flaming top
- Floating top
- Gaming top
- Perinola; a six-sided top, very similar to the dreidel, that is used for a similar game in Latin America.
- Tippe top
- Whipping top
- Whistling top
- Gasing leper
- Gasing jantung
- Battling top
top in Catalan: Burot
top in Czech: Káča
top in Danish: Snurretop
top in German: Kreisel
top in Spanish: Peonza
top in Esperanto: Turbo
top in French: toupie (jouet)
top in Galician: Buxaina
top in Korean: 팽이
top in Indonesian: Gasing
top in Italian: Trottola
top in Dutch: Draaitol
top in Japanese: 独楽
top in Polish: Bąk (zabawka)
top in Portuguese: Pião
top in Russian: Волчок
top in Slovenian: Vrtavka
top in Finnish: Hyrrä
top in Swedish: Snurra
top in Thai: ลูกข่าง
top in Vietnamese: Đánh quay
top in Chinese: 陀螺
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