From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtoptop1 /tɒp $ tɑːp/ ●●● S1 W1 noun [countable] 1 highest partTOP the highest part of something opp bottomtop of The tops of the mountains were still covered with snow. She could only just see over the tops of their heads.at the top (of something) He was standing at the top of the stairs. We’ll sit down once we’re at the top. Write your name at the top of the page.to the top (of something) Stop and wait for us when you get to the top of the slope. I filled the glass right to the top. The book I wanted was at the very top of the pile.cliff top/mountaintop/hilltop/treetop We could just see the white cliff tops in the distance.2 upper surfaceSURFACE the flat upper surface of an object a low wooden table with a glass toptop of We walked along the top of the ancient city walls.on (the) top of something She put the papers down on the top of the piano. Her fingers drummed on the table top.3 → the top4 coverD something that you put on or over an object to cover it, protect it, or prevent liquid coming out of it I can’t get the top off the jar. You’ve left the top off the toothpaste again! Can you put the top back on the bottle when you’ve finished with it?bottle top/pen top etc Has anyone seen my pen top?5 clothesDCC a piece of clothing that you wear on the upper part of your body She was wearing a stripy knitted top. a skirt with a matching top a bikini top I can’t find my pyjama top.6 → be (at the) top of the list/agenda7 → on top8 → on top of something9 → one on top of the other10 → on top of somebody11 → get on top of somebody12 → come out on top13 → on top of the world14 plantHBPDF the part of a fruit or vegetable where it was attached to the plant, or the leaves of a plant whose root you can eat Cut the tops off the tomatoes. I’ve found a recipe for beetroot tops. 15 street/field etcSGFAR the part of the street or of a piece of land that is the furthest away from you I waited at the top of East Street.16 → the top of the milk17 → the top of the table18 → off the top of your head19 → sing/shout at the top of your voice20 → be at the top of your game21 → from the top22 → from top to bottom23 → from top to toe24 → the top and bottom of it25 → not have much up top26 toyDHT a child’s toy that spins around on its point when you twist it27 → spin like a top
Examples from the Corpustop• a dressing-table with a glass top• The skirt comes with a matching top.• There are two styles to choose from: the traditional apex, shown here, and the flat pergola top.• Boyd nervously tapped his pencil on the table top.• When you paint, you should start at the top and work your way down.• There's a wonderful view from the top of the tower.• This jewellery box would be worth a lot of money if the top wasn't chipped.• She looked at him over the top of her cup.• Put the top back on the bottle when you're finished.• Cut the pineapples lengthwise, without removing the tops.• We got the Christmas tree home by tying it to the top of the car.• It's a long, but not hard, way to the top.• The elevator will take you all the way to the top.• The top of the mountain is covered with snow.• The top of the piano was covered with a lace cloth.• The tops of the trees swayed in the breeze.top of• Stong's intellect and drive helped him reach the top of his profession.on (the) top of something• Place a book on top of the bags.• And by the April after that there will be speed cameras on top of other speed cameras.• He just stopped the car on the top of a small hill, for they were right out in the country now.• She was lying on top of him.• Then the teacher put the newspaper on top of the stick, smoothed down the paper and hit the stick.• Spoon out excess fat from the roasting pan, and put the pan on top of the stove.• Subtlety and suppleness, on top of strength and speed.• Then, on top of the craziness and alleged corruption, populist Bucaram last month announced an economic austerity program.