Origin of topping
- a part considered as higher: the top of the street.
- high gear of an automobile.
- the part of a plant that grows above ground, especially of an edible root.
- one of the tender tips of the branches or shoots of plants.
- the best card of a suit in a player's hand.
- (in duplicate bridge) the best score on a hand.
- a stroke that hits the ball above its center.
- the forward spin given to the ball by such a stroke.
- the first half of an inning.
- the first three batters in the batting order.
- a cluster of textile fibers, especially tow, put on a distaff.
- a strand of the long wool fibers in sliver form, separated from noil by combing and wound into a large ball.
- a similar strand of rayon.
verb (used with object), topped, top·ping.
- to strike (the ball) above its center, giving it a forward spin.
- to make (a stroke) by hitting the ball in this manner.
verb (used without object), topped, top·ping.
- to climax or complete, especially in an exceptional manner; finish: They topped off the evening with a ferryboat ride at midnight.
- to fill (a partly full container) completely: to top off a gas tank.
- to finish the top of (a structure).
- to reach the highest level.
Origin of top1
Examples from the Web for topping
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the juices are bubbly and the topping is browned.The Barefoot Contessa Knows How To Make Us Crumble|Ina Garten|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was the most expensive Senate race in history, topping $113 million, of which more than $80 million came from outside groups.Undo Citizens United? We’d Only Scratch the Surface|Jedediah Purdy|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After topping Chestnut numerous times this season, and based on his early pace it looks like David might actually trump Goliath.
Two years and $8 million in additional investments later, and the app was topping charts in the iTunes App Store.
Yet at the same time, there is no topping the radical quality of the Snowden-led rebellion against omniscient rule.Edward Snowden, Not Pope Francis, Is the Person of the Year|James Poulos|December 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The jib-halyard had a block on the sail, and then, with the topping lift, came down on the port side.The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"|John MacGregor
At the end of ten or twelve hours we have a refilling or topping out, as we call it; usually this is enough.The Story of Glass|Sara Ware Bassett
The sun was just topping the eastern hills; the heads of the trees were dark against a primrose sky.The Valley of Vision|Henry Van Dyke
The house where I am billeted is owned by a topping old man.Letters from France|Isaac Alexander Mack
The plate is then dusted with "topping powder," a resinous substance which adheres only to the parts carrying the ink.
- a stroke that hits the ball above its centre
- short for topspin
- the high-frequency content of an audio signal
- (as modifier)this amplifier has a good top response
- in addition toon top of his accident, he caught pneumonia
- informalin complete control of (a difficult situation, job, etc)
- over the parapet or leading edge of a trench
- over the limit; excessive(ly); lacking restraint or a sense of proportion
verb tops, topping or topped (mainly tr)
- to hit (a ball) above the centre
- to make (a stroke) by hitting the ball in this way
- to trim off the ends of (fruit or vegetables) before cooking them
- to wash a baby's face and bottom without immersion in a bath
Word Origin for top
Word Origin for top
"top layer," 1839, verbal noun from top (v.).
"highest point," Old English top "summit, crest, tuft," from Proto-Germanic *tuppaz (cf. Old Norse toppr "tuft of hair," Old Frisian top "tuft," Old Dutch topp, Dutch top, Old High German zopf "end, tip, tuft of hair," German Zopf "tuft of hair"); no certain connections outside Germanic except a few Romanic words probably borrowed from Germanic.
Few Indo-European languages have a word so generic, which can be used of the upper part or surface of just about anything. More typical is German, which has Spitze for sharp peaks (mountains), oberfläche for the upper surface of flat things (such as a table). Top dog first attested 1900; top-drawer (1920) is from British expression out of the top drawer "upper-class."
"toy that spins on a point," late Old English top, probably a special use of top (n.1), but the modern word is perhaps via Old French topet, which is from a Germanic source akin to the root of English top (n.1). As a type of seashell, first recorded 1680s.
In addition to the idioms beginning with top
- top banana
- top brass
- top dog
- top dollar
- top drawer
- top off
- top out
- top to toe
- at the top of one's lungs
- big top
- blow one's top
- brass hat (top brass)
- from head to toe (top to toe)
- off the top of one's head
- on top
- on top of
- on top of the world
- over the top
- sleep like a log (top)
- thin on top