Origin of tops
Definition for tops (2 of 3)
- 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
Related formsun·topped, adjective
Definition for tops (3 of 3)
Origin of top2
Examples from the Web for tops
A former minister of energy, Yuriy Boiko, tops the Opposition Bloc's list for Sunday elections.Ukraine’s Elections: The Battle of the Billionaires|Anna Nemtsova|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then, the sexual revolution exploded and women left their tops in the sand altogether.
It also, as it happens, is a great movie, with a 79 Metacritic score that tops every other blockbuster released this summer.
He tops the concoction with a shot of bourbon and delicately spoons in a couple ice cubes.The Rise and Fall…and Rise Again of the Old-Fashioned|Allison McNearney|June 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Texas now tops New York in population, and Florida should be there by 2020.Why New York—and Bill de Blasio—May Haunt Hillary Clinton in a 2016 Campaign|Lloyd Green|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But it was absolutely necessary, for there was no other plan by which I could tunnel through the tops of the boxes.The Boy Tar|Mayne Reid
This is a long arm of the sea, surrounded by high, bold mountains, clothed with very green verdure to their tops.On an Irish Jaunting-car|Samuel G. Bayne
Cope′-stone, Cop′ing-stone, the stone which copes or tops a wall; Cop′ing, the covering course of masonry of a wall.
I crossed the tops of the two houses between and went down the fire escape.The Old Die Rich|Horace Leonard Gold
Many of the pines on this ridge were two feet in diameter, and a hundred feet high, with small clusters of limbs around the tops.
British Dictionary definitions for tops (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for tops (2 of 3)
- 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
- informal in 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
British Dictionary definitions for tops (3 of 3)
Word Origin for top
Idioms and Phrases with tops
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