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[top-sahyd] /ˈtɒpˌsaɪd/
the upper side.
Usually, topsides. Nautical. the outer surface of a hull above the water.
the most authoritative position or level.
Chiefly British. a cut of beef similar to a U.S. rump roast.
Compare silverside (def 1).
British. the top or outer side of a round of beef; beef from the outer thigh of a butchered cow.
of, relating to, or located on the topside.
of the most authoritative rank.
Also, topsides. up on the deck:
He left the engine room and went topside.
to, toward, or at the topside.
Origin of topside
First recorded in 1670-80; top1 + side1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The rockets leaped forward, from the topside racks, four and four and four and four, at half-second intervals.

    Uller Uprising Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  • It had been displaced a full fifteen degrees on the topside of optimum power!

    Spillthrough Daniel F. Galouye
  • After that, the Gaucho began reporting directly, and her topside identification-light went out.

    Uller Uprising Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  • The Colonel has an individual dugout, and Dodds sleeps "topside" in the trench.

  • One night, a pleasant-enough night topside, but an even pleasanter night below, at least in our part of the ship below.

    Wide Courses James Brendan Connolly
  • The pumps being attended to drew out the water which was forced down the hatches, mast-coats, and topside forwards.

    The Wreck on the Andamans Joseph Darvall
  • But not so with these; these had no such tricks; these undertook to maintain me topside up with care.

  • Plenty time lockee up Missy topside house; no can walkee—no can talkee—no hab got—how can get?

  • A split second later the listeners' eardrums throbbed to a muffled roar from topside as the slender recovery missile shot skyward.

  • This was a country house of Larkin's, topside, not far from the outskirts of World City.

    Brink of Madness Walter J. Sheldon
British Dictionary definitions for topside


the uppermost side of anything
(Brit & NZ) a lean cut of beef from the thigh containing no bone
(often pl)
  1. the part of a ship's sides above the waterline
  2. the parts of a ship above decks
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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