Definition of top noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tɒp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tɑːp//
    Mountains and valleys, Clothes
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    highest point
  1. 1  [countable] the highest part or point of something She was standing at the top of the stairs. Write your name at the top. The title is right at the top of the page. He filled my glass to the top. We climbed to the very top of the hill. Snow was falling on the mountain tops. (British English) the top of the milk (= the cream that rises to the top of a bottle of milk) The wind was blowing in the tops of the trees. see also rooftop, treetop See related entries: Mountains and valleys
  2. upper surface
  3. 2  [countable] the upper flat surface of something Can you polish the top of the table? a desk top see also hardtop, roll-top desk, tabletop
  4. highest rank
  5. 3  [singular] the top (of something) the highest or most important rank or position He's at the top of his profession. She is determined to make it to the top (= achieve fame or success). They finished the season at the top of the league. We have a lot of things to do, but packing is at the top of the list. This decision came from the top.
  6. farthest point
  7. 4  [singular] the top of something the end of a street, table, etc. that is farthest away from you or from where you usually come to it I'll meet you at the top of Thorpe Street.
  8. of pen/bottle
  9. 5  [countable] a thing that you put on the end of something to close it Where's the top of this pen? a bottle with a screw top Synonymslidtop cork cap plugThese are all words for a cover for a container.lid a cover over a container that can be removed or opened by turning or lifting it:a jar with a tight-fitting lidtop a thing that you put over the end of something such as a pen or bottle in order to close itcork a small round object made of cork or plastic that is used for closing bottles, especially wine bottlescap (often in compounds) a top for a pen or a protective cover for something such as the lens of a cameraplug a round piece of material that you put into a hole in order to block it; a flat round rubber or plastic thing that you put into the hole of a sink in order to stop the water from flowing out:a bath plugPatterns a tight-fitting lid/​top/​cap a screw top/​cap a pen lid/​top to put on/​screw on/​take off/​unscrew the lid/​top/​cap to pull out the cork/​plug
  10. clothing
  11. 6   [countable] a piece of clothing worn on the upper part of the body I need a top to go with this skirt. a tracksuit/pyjama/bikini top see also crop top See related entries: Clothes
  12. leaves of plant
  13. 7[countable, usually plural] the leaves of a plant that is grown mainly for its root Remove the green tops from the carrots.
  14. amount of money
  15. 8tops [plural] used after an amount of money to show that it is the highest possible It couldn't have cost more than £50, tops.
  16. best
  17. 9tops [plural] (old-fashioned, informal) a person or thing of the best quality Among sports superstars she’s (the) tops. In the survey the Brits come out tops for humour.
  18. toy
  19. 10[countable] a child’s toy that spins on a point when it is turned round very quickly by hand or by a string She was so confused—her mind was spinning like a top.
  20. see also big top
    Word Originnoun senses 1 to 9 late Old English topp (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch top ‘summit, crest’. noun sense 10 late Old English, of unknown origin.Extra examples Each cake had a cherry on top. Few of the trainee footballers make it to the top. He popped the top of a soda can. I’m going to clean the house from top to bottom this weekend. Pay was now (at the) top of the employees’ agenda. She rose to the top of her profession within ten years. She was top of the class in geography. She wore a pink skirt with a matching top. The company has an unusually high proportion of young people at the top. There was a vase on top of the bookcase. We didn’t climb to the very top of the mountain, but close enough. He filled my glass to the top. He’s at the top of his profession. She is determined to make it to the top. The jar has a tight-fitting screw top. This printer is a top of the range model We have a lot of things to do, but packing is at the top of the list. We used to collect milk bottle tops for charity. Where’s the top of my pen gone?Idioms
    at the top/bottom of the heap
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    high up/low down in the structure of an organization or a society These workers are at the bottom of the economic heap.
    in the highest position or rank in a profession or career
    at the top of your voice
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    as loudly as possible She was screaming at the top of her voice.
    blow your top (North American English also blow your stack)
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    (informal) to get very angry
    (at the) bottom/top of the pile
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    in the least/most important position in a group of people or things It’s been 20 years since a British player was top of the pile.
    to win a contest or an argument In most boardroom disputes he tends to come out on top. going to every part of a place in a very thorough way We cleaned the house from top to bottom. completely; all over She was dressed in green from top to toe. to be too much for somebody to manage or deal with All this extra work is getting on top of him.
    get on top of something
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    to manage to control or deal with something How will I ever get on top of all this work?
    off the top of your head
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    (informal) just guessing or using your memory, without taking time to think carefully or check the facts I can't remember the name off the top of my head, but I can look it up for you.
    1. 1  on the highest point or surface a cake with cream on top Stand on top and look down. He's going bald on top (= on the top of his head).
    2. 2in a leading position or in control She remained on top for the rest of the match.
    3. 3in addition Look, here's 30 dollars, and I'll buy you lunch on top.
      on top of something/somebody
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    1. 1  on, over or covering something/somebody Books were piled on top of one another. Many people were crushed when the building collapsed on top of them.
    2. 2  in addition to something He gets commission on top of his salary. On top of everything else, my car's been stolen.
    3. 3very close to something/somebody We were all living on top of each other in that tiny apartment.
    4. 4in control of a situation Do you think he's really on top of his job? Work tends to pile up if I don’t keep on top of it.
    very happy or proud See related entries: Happiness (abbreviation OTT) (informal, especially British English) done to an exaggerated degree and with too much effort His performance is completely over the top. an over-the-top reaction
    take something from the top
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    (informal) to go back to the beginning of a song, piece of music, etc. and repeat it OK, everybody, let's take it from the top.
    (informal) without much hair on the head He's starting to get a little thin on top (= he's losing his hair). See related entries: Describing hair, Middle age (British English, informal) used to talk about a person’s intelligence He hasn't got much up top (= he isn't very intelligent). It’s what’s up top (= how intelligent you are) that matters.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: top