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- 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.
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.
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. [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. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster]
6. The head, or upper part, of a plant. [1913 Webster]
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. --Totten. [1913 Webster]
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]
11. pl. Top-boots. [Slang] --Dickens. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.