• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Top-knot a crest or knot of feathers upon the head of a bird: a knot of ribbons worn by women on the top of the head: the popular name of some small fishes of the same genus as the turbot and brill
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. top; Ger. zopf.


In literature:

A beautiful litter, (as Alfred termed them), of top-knots, Van Houden chickens, were the next addition to the poultry yard.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
The top rings are to be joined after the 3rd double knot, to the 4th picot of the preceding ring.
"Encyclopedia of Needlework" by Thérèse de Dillmont
Nuna wore her hair gathered on the top of her head into a high top-knot, Nunaga wore a higher top-knot.
"Red Rooney" by R.M. Ballantyne
Fred had intentionally taken Aninga as his model, and had been very successful in imitating the top-knot of hair.
"The World of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
My breast is pretty, bright and red And see this top-knot on my head!
"Ohio Arbor Day 1913: Arbor and Bird Day Manual" by Various
All wear the hair drawn up and fastened at the top in a knot.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
When her visitor had gone, Anne took down her own hair, and flung it up into a soft knot on the top of her head.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
Their head is covered with a cap, conical but truncated, made of fine matting, ornamented at the top with a knot or tassels.
"Handbook to the new Gold-fields" by R. M. Ballantyne
There is the knot at the top that they were tied together with, but not a bit of shaving left.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
A large beard beneath the lower jaw and a large top-knot on the skull often go together.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
Tie a knot close to the top at the head and leave a long end to the string.
"Little Folks' Handy Book" by Lina Beard
Caught you on the top-knot, didn't he?
"The Jucklins" by Opie Read
But it woke him, at all events, and he ventured (with great respect) to throw one of the shoes back; it just grazed the clown's top-knot.
"The Talking Horse" by F. Anstey
Monsieur Roger made a knot in the twine at the place where it rested on the top of the tower.
"In Search of a Son" by William Shepard Walsh
Fifteen years among the top-knots; or, Life in Korea.
"Select List of Books ... Relating to the Far East" by Appleton Prentiss Clark Griffin
Look at his gloves and top-knot, if you please.
"Eight Cousins" by Louisa May Alcott
The crown is adorned with a crest or top-knot.
"Argentine Ornithology, Volume II (of 2)" by P. L. Sclater
Around the box a glittering golden cord was wound, and fastened on top in an intricate knot.
"Myths of Greece and Rome" by H. A. Guerber
Richard sat on the top step, tugging at a knotted string.
"Georgina of the Rainbows" by Annie Fellows Johnston
What a pretty bird it is, with its long drooping top-knot, and its mottled breast and thighs!
"Saddle and Mocassin" by Francis Francis Jr.

In poetry:

A pair came in this afternoon
and looked for all the world,
like lovers on a holiday,
her little top-knot curled
and eyes as bright as amber beads
while her small mate was dressed in tweeds.
"Winds Of April" by Edna Jacues
The tug "Defiance" come along— an she was not alone. . . .
Ye might as well ha’ took an’ hit my top-knot with a stone—
I tell ye 'twas a blow to me, it give my heart a stun—
The vessel that "Defiance towed was good old “Number One”!
"Number One" by John Joy Bell

In news:

Lauren Conrad's Chunky Top Knot.
Mastering the Top Knot Style.
Check out your favorite stars and celebs as they flaunt their stylish top knots.
Elizabeth Olsen's Ruby Lips and Top Knot.
Top knot, bun , chignon, whatever you call it, this hairstyle is here to stay.
Whether in a sexy top-knot or a sky-high chignon, we spotted several fashionistas rocking this effortless 'do on the streets of New York.
When the blue top layer of moisturizing silicones and clear bottom layer of softening polymers are blended in Pantene Pro-V's Aqua Light Weightless Conditioning Shake, the result is an airy mist that moisturizes and eliminates knots.
Top knot, bun, chignon, whatever you call it, this hairstyle is here to stay.
Top knot , bun, chignon, whatever you call it, this hairstyle is here to stay.
Top Knots Wedding Photography Contest.
Slip a (clean) patterned kneesock over the bottom of a bottle, then knot the top to create a decorative carrier.
HOW-TO: Get the Trendy Top-Knot with Pantene Nature Fusion.
The M2 can attain a top speed of over 35 knots, cruise at almost 30 knots, and come to a full speed stop in two boat lengths.
But instead of just cruising on her considerable natural beauty, the House star delights in switching up her look, going from Old Hollywood waves one day to a futuristic top knot the next.

In science:

Fox, A quick trip through knot theory, Topology of 3-manifolds, Proc. 1961 Top.
Singular sets and parameters of generalized triangle orbifolds
Obviously it is better to cut the top or the bottom of the knot, as shown in Fig 4 (a) and (b).
Dynamical Systems on Three Manifolds Part I: Knots, Links and Chaos
Figure 6. A comparison of the [O III]λ5007 and Hβ line profiles in three regions of the inner NLR: the inner plume (top), the nuclear knot (centre) and the dust obscured region just south-east of the nuclear knot along Slit A (bottom).
The Nuclear Outflow in NGC 2110
By assigning a weight φ(x, y) at each crossing of a knot diagram (as in the top Figure 5) we obtain a 2-cocycle condition which can be generalized to a homology of cohomology theory which we describe now.
Distributivity in Quandles and Quasigroups
Gentle timevariabilities or pulses implied by knots in observed jets mainly contribute to the variation of thermal excitation on top of background flow, whose densities and velocities are closely maintained by steady state values.
Structure and Physical Conditions in MHD Jets from Young Stars
For example, when we apply T to the subgroup consisting of the top two crossings of the negative 3-group in the knot shown in Figure 3 (c), the result is the 2-component prime link shown in Figure 4 (a).
Enumerating the Prime Alternating Links
On top of that, the Jones polynomial could distinguish many knots from their mirror images, leaving the Alexander polynomial in the dust.
Review of "Knots" by Alexei Sossinsky, Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-674-00944-4
For each crossing, and therefore region of the quadrilateral decomposition of S 2 , we glue a 2-handle on top of the knot, with boundary circle which goes around the 1-handles according to the boundary of the region of S 2 .
A Second Order Algebraic Knot Concordance Group
This kernel is generated by the sum of all the 2-handles over the top of the knot, i.e.
A Second Order Algebraic Knot Concordance Group
The 1996 (left) and 1998 (right) Hα (Top) and [S ] (Bottom) contour representations of the region around knot F.
HST and spectroscopic observations of the L1551 IRS5 jets (HH154)
Therefore, if we apply one positive sharp operation at the top of this braid diagram, we obtain a non-alternating knot.
Construction of non-alternating knots
By corollary 1, the application of one positive sharp operation at the top of that braid diagram yields a non-alternating knot.
Construction of non-alternating knots
The central piece alone will yield a copy of 52 for eB in the double branched cover, and this has a Z2 0 in its top knot Floer homology filtration level.
On knot Floer homology for some fibered knots
When these four images are considered with this correction it is clear that the head of Knot 38 appears alone in the top right frame then progressively the tail appears in the subsequent three frames towards more positive velocities as the image of the head declines.
Flows along cometary tails in the Helix planetary nebula NGC 7293
If a Weinstein manifold admits a handle decomposition so that the top dimensional handles are attached along loose knots, it is expected to inherit flexible properties.
Loose Legendrian Embeddings in High Dimensional Contact Manifolds