Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of one who tops.
  • noun Nautical, the act of pulling one extremity of a yard or boom higher than the other.
  • noun The act of reducing to an exact level the points of the teeth of a saw.
  • noun 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.
  • noun plural That which is cut off in topping, as the branches of a tree.
  • noun plural That which comes from hemp in the process of hatcheling.
  • noun The tail of an artificial fly, used by anglers, usually a feather from the crest of the golden pheasant.
  • noun 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.
  • Rising above all others; loftiest; overtopping.
  • Surpassing; towering; preëminent; distinguished.
  • Lofty; pretentious; assuming; arrogant.
  • Fine; well; excellent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Rising above; surpassing.
  • adjective Hence, assuming superiority; proud.
  • adjective Slang Fine; gallant.
  • noun The act of one who tops; the act of cutting off the top.
  • noun (Naut.) The act of raising one extremity of a spar higher than the other.
  • noun That which comes from hemp in the process of hatcheling.
  • noun (Angling) The tail of an artificial fly.
  • noun something placed on top of another thing, such as a sauce or garnish on food; ; an ice-cream cone with chocolate fudge topping.
  • noun (Naut.) a large, strong tackle employed to raise or top the end of a gaff, or of a boom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of top.
  • adjective UK, informal, dated wonderful
  • noun any food item added on top of another, such as sprinkles on ice cream or pepperoni on pizza
  • noun The act of cutting off the top of something.
  • noun nautical The act of raising one extremity of a spar higher than the other.

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

  • adjective excellent; best possible
  • noun a flavorful addition on top of a dish

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