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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sauce, frosting, or garnish for food.
  • n. A part or layer that forms the top.
  • n. The cropped parts of plants or trees after pruning.
  • adj. Highest in rank or eminence.
  • adj. Chiefly British First-rate; excellent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of top.
  • adj. wonderful
  • n. any food item added on top of another, such as sprinkles on ice cream or pepperoni on pizza
  • n. The act of cutting off the top of something.
  • n. The act of raising one extremity of a spar higher than the other.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rising above; surpassing.
  • adj. Hence, assuming superiority; proud.
  • adj. Fine; gallant.
  • n. The act of one who tops; the act of cutting off the top.
  • n. The act of raising one extremity of a spar higher than the other.
  • n. That which comes from hemp in the process of hatcheling.
  • n. The tail of an artificial fly.
  • n. something placed on top of another thing, such as a sauce or garnish on food; ; an ice-cream cone with chocolate fudge topping.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Rising above all others; loftiest; overtopping.
  • Surpassing; towering; preëminent; distinguished.
  • Lofty; pretentious; assuming; arrogant.
  • Fine; well; excellent.
  • n. Specifically, in tobacco-growing, the removal of the budded or blossoming summit of the plant in order that its strength may be thrown into the leaves.
  • n. The act of one who tops.
  • n. Nautical, the act of pulling one extremity of a yard or boom higher than the other.
  • n. The act of reducing to an exact level the points of the teeth of a saw.
  • n. That which tops; the upper part of anything; especially, a crest of hair, feathers, etc., upon the head: said of a forelock or topknot, an egret, the mane of a horse, etc.
  • n. plural That which is cut off in topping, as the branches of a tree.
  • n. plural That which comes from hemp in the process of hatcheling.
  • n. The tail of an artificial fly, used by anglers, usually a feather from the crest of the golden pheasant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. excellent; best possible
  • n. a flavorful addition on top of a dish

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  • "Besides this, the weather continued topping to a degree" (The Inimitable Jeeves)

    July 16, 2010