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spinning top

another name for top2 (sense 1)
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  • Even a child's spinning top may be used in an astronomical lecture.

    Mars and its Mystery Edward Sylvester Morse
  • Was it for this that the years had changed on his face as the hues change on a spinning top?

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • The spinning top is a beautiful illustration of this principle.

    The Story of Great Inventions Elmer Ellsworth Burns
  • The earth's axis "precesses," however, just as does that of a spinning top.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
  • He twirls round about like a spinning top and then topples face downward.

    The Irish on the Somme Michael MacDonagh
  • I wonder if any of you have followed me so well as to know already why a spinning top rises.

    Spinning Tops John Perry
  • His head was like the centre of a spinning top or the hub of a flying wheel.

  • It took a long time to discover that the spinning top is a useful machine.

    The Story of Great Inventions Elmer Ellsworth Burns
  • A bird rubs against the air, the point of a spinning top rubs against the sidewalk on which it is spinning.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne

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