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- n. Alternative form of round-top.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A top; a platform at a masthead; -- so called because formerly round in shape.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a platform at the masthead; a top.
- n. In heraldry, an inclosed circular platform, like a large flat tub, set upon the top of a pole, which pole is shown to be a mast by having a small yard with furled sail attached put across it, usually at an angle—the whole being a conventional representation of an ancient round top of a ship.
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- n. a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance
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From the roundtop-mast of an English ship, just brought in as a prize, he one day witnessed the steaming in of Robert Fulton's steamboat.
Had some crazed sailor escaped, and was he gibbering from the roundtop?