big top

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n big top a canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance "he was afraid of a fire in the circus tent","they had the big top up in less than an hour"
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Usage

In literature:

There's a lump on the top now as big as your fist.
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
Tony, upon reaching the top of the bank, shook himself like a big New Foundland dog might have done.
"Chums in Dixie" by St. George Rathborne
De ghost track on top de snow big as a elephant's.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
There he was in the bottom of a big hole, and up at the top was the black African trapper looking down on him.
"Nero, the Circus Lion" by Richard Barnum
From the top of the big mountains, always covered with snow, they look towards the bed of the sun.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
Just make a pile of my nuggets close to my pillow here, with the big one on the top.
"Philosopher Jack" by R.M. Ballantyne
We tried to get by to the top of the bay, but they headed us off, and we were driven in between the Big Rock and the village.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
While the young were growing there was always an abundance in the big nest on the spruce top.
"Wood Folk at School" by William J. Long
Could this strange freak that Big Pete saw from the top of the painted Butte possess that Patrick Mullen rifle?
"The Black Wolf Pack" by Dan Beard
Dick took up a big geography, let it fall on top of the snake, and stood on it.
"The Rover Boys on the Farm" by Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
His big hand thrust down and tapped the butt of the heavy revolver on the top of Lennon's head.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
At top speed Miss Timmins was crossing the yard toward the big hay barn.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
These big fish have a habit of showing on the top, and I had marked where it rolled.
"Lines in Pleasant Places" by William Senior
In the island were seen vast numbers of large bats, their bodies as big as ducks, with wings from seven to eight feet from tip to top.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
How would you like to have a big ten-pound turkey piled on top of you?
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
On the top floor is a restaurant, where all lunch in a common, fraternal way, jolly and jocund, as becomes men who carry big burdens.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
I didn't see it for a while, but at last it swung up on top of a big wave.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
We're in a mighty big country, and a-top of us are hundreds, and maybe thousands, of miles of forests that never heard tell of man.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was Jimmy Rabbit who came along and caught sight of Billy Woodchuck, sound asleep on top of the big rock.
"The Tale of Billy Woodchuck" by Arthur Scott Bailey
There, on top of the pile of big boxes, having climbed to the platform by means of the rickety steps, stood baby William.
"The Curlytops and Their Playmates" by Howard R. Garis
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In poetry:

When the proud monarch, from the hill-top, saw
The plains beneath him covered with his troops,
And, on the sea beyond, his gallant ships,
His heart swelled big with vanity and pride.
"Xerxes" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Who had on a top-coat much too big for him,
And his little innocent face was white and grim,
And appearing to be simply in a calm sleep-
The sight was enough to make one's flesh to creep.
"The Sunderland Calamity" by William Topaz McGonagall
Those flies of boys disturbed them sore
On Sundays and when daylight wore:
With withies cut from hedge or copse,
They treated them as whipping-tops,
And flung big stones with cruel aim;
Yet all the flock jumped on the same.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith
Every day I met him there,
Where the fisher-nets dry in the sunny air.
He told me stories of courts and kings,
Of storms at sea, of lots of things.
The top he said was a sort of sign
That something in the big world was mine.
"Sancta Maria, Succurre Miseris" by Amy Lowell
Me photer's in the papers! 'Oly wars!
A 'ero, I've been called in big, black type.
I 'ad idears the time was close on ripe
Fer some applorse
To come my way, on top uv all me bumps.
Now it's come sudden, an' it's come in lumps.
"Spike Wegg" by C J Dennis
Her face is like a winther's sun, an' varra near as big;
Hoo's arms as red as any hep, an' fat as Kesmus pig.
No cheeany chops or donkey fringe, or flimsy pride to swell her;
Hoo's fourteen stooan if hoo's a peawnd—yon lass o' top o' Mellor.
"Yon Lass O' Top O' Mellor" by John Pickup

In news:

Even a struggling defense can't keep WVU out of top Big 12 slot.
Bigger than the big top .
Colleague Mark Schlabach ranked the top 10 toughest schedules in college football, and two Big 12 teams made the cut.
We're just two days away from the 2012 college football season, and it's time to check out the top Big Ten games to watch this fall, in chronological order.
Hannah Werth and the Huskers were picked as the top Big Ten team in the league's preseason poll.
Big top goes up as Italian circus prepares for weekend visit.
For four generations, the Carson & Barnes Circus has toured North America and brought traditional " big-top " entertainment to many American families.
Saturday's Punk Fest at the Big Top will benefit WTUL 91.5 FM.
Starting at 2 pm and running till after midnight Saturday, June 16, the Big Top art gallery and multipurpose venue will host some very loud music for a very good cause.
Big Top Baits Bass Tent.
High-flying 'Madagascar' sequel worthy of big top .
River Front Theater will soon feature some of the area's finest performers under the big top .
The self-proclaimed "world's biggest big-top show" also offered elephant rides and a petting zoo.
No ordinary circus, the 'Cirque' comes to town, pitches big top on California beach.
The GOP's Big Top Circus.
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In science:

Big jump downwards: We now turn our attention to the case when all jumps of the random walk on the top are bounded by n(1−δ)/2 .
Ordered random walks with heavy tails
Also note that we have excluded the possibility that the top random walk goes up without a big jump.
Ordered random walks with heavy tails
Figure 4: The evolution of matter density perturbations (top) and DE energy-density perturbations (bottom) in the model (17) for the cases with Big Rip (bottom lines) and type III singularity (dotted lines).
Confronting dark energy models mimicking $\Lambda$CDM epoch with observational constraints: future cosmological perturbations decay or future Rip?
We have seen at this workshop a lot of progress in top studies as we move from looking primarily at the big picture to performing more detailed analyses.
Top Quark Physics: Summary
Not only were the uncertainties at that time considerably larger on the magnitudes of the CKM relevant matrix elements, but because the top mass was not known, the constraints from ǫ and B-mixing had to be applied with the added uncertainty of a big potential range for mt .
Workshop Summary
If a vortex loop is big enough and appropriately oriented, the effect will be to expand it until it meets the walls of the container, after which the ends migrate to the top and bottom surfaces, and the vortex joins a central cluster parallel to the rotation axis.
Testing cosmological defect formation in the laboratory
The big news in the electroweak sector has been the new value of the top-quark mass reported by DØ 42 , on the basis of a reanalysis of their Run 1 data: mt = 179.0± 5.1 GeV which, when combined with the previous CDF measurement, yields a world average mt = 178.0 ± 4.3 GeV.
Summary of ICHEP 2004
The arrows in the left and top right panels of Fig. 1 indicate the position of a big H i hole.
High velocity HI in NGC 6946 and extra-planar gas in NGC 253
The mass eigenstates for the fermion excitations will then contain an admixture of both right and left-handed fields; however, since the amount of mixing is ∼ mSM /(n/R), we will generally neglect this (it could be important for the top quark fields, but top does not play a big role in our analysis).
The Phenomenology of Universal Extra Dimensions at Hadron Colliders
Figure 1.1: Top panel: Bounds over ˆΩGW from the CMB anisotropy (COBE), from the millisecond pulsar timing and from the Big Bang nucleosyntesis (BBN).
Relic gravitational waves in the expanding Universe
Moreover, we can install an air turbine and electric generator at top of tube and get electricity when we do not need a big amount of freshwater.
Extraction of Freshwater and Energy from Atmosphere
The recent big news in the current catalogue of the elementary particle constituents of matter has been the confirmation of the discovery of the top quark , with a mass close to predictions based on precision electroweak data , as we shall review in Section 2.
Testing the Standard Model and Beyond
Top-left: mass-density distribution in the Supergalactic plane out to 70 h−1Mpc, by POTENT G12 from M3 peculiar velocities, featuring the GA, PP, and the big void in between.
Cosmic Flows 99: Conference Summary
The near sides of the big mass enhancements associated with the Shapley and Horologium superclusters show up on the left, and with Coma at the top.
Cosmic Flows 99: Conference Summary
Small arrows inside the panels represent velocity vectors, a big arrow on top of frame a and b corresponds to two times the sound speed, and that of frame c does just one.
Parker Instability in a Self-Gravitating Magnetized Gas Disk: I. Linear Stability Analysis
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