spinning top

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spinning top a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin "he got a bright red top and string for his birthday"
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Usage

In literature:

Everything's spinning round like a top.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
And how do you put on top spin?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, August 26th, 1914" by Various
Now, there was a faint stirring of the air, increasing to a breeze, and far away a sound like the spinning of a top came on the breeze.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
Sometimes he fell, like a spinning-top, and from sheer merriment.
"Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens" by J. M. Barrie
Sometimes he fell, like a spinning-top, from sheer merriment.
"Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens" by J. M. Barrie
If we feel ourselves weakening towards such idleness, let us spin tops.
"Waiting for Daylight" by Henry Major Tomlinson
The string, as we may recollect, our wasteful hero had used in spinning his top.
"Forgotten Tales of Long Ago" by E. V. Lucas
The object of the player is to damage his adversary's top, or to make it cease spinning.
"Child-Life in Japan and Japanese Child Stories" by Mrs. M. Chaplin Ayrton
A top will spin some time in the air because its point is small.
"The Machinery of the Universe" by Amos Emerson Dolbear
A gust of wind spins the canoe round like a top.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
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In poetry:

But earth is moving faster far,
Just like a spinning top,
All through the day, all through the night,
Without a single stop.
"Earth’s Motion" by Edith L M King
And from the tops of the Sidlaws can be seen
The beautiful Howe of Strathmore with its trees and shrubberies green;
Likewise Lochee and its spinning mills
Can be seen on a clear day from the Sidlaw hills.
"The Bonnie Sidlaw Hills" by William Topaz McGonagall
I'll never even spin my top,
But put it away in a box. I'll stop
Whistling the sailor-songs he taught.
I'll save my pennies till I have bought
A silver heart in the market square,
I've seen some beautiful, white ones there.
"Sancta Maria, Succurre Miseris" by Amy Lowell
Then there's the lofty Lomond Hills on the Eastern side,
And the loch is long, very deep, and wide;
Then on the Southern side there's Benarty's rugged hills,
And from the tops can be seen the village of Kinross with its spinning mills.
"Loch Leven" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Top Chef Spin-Off, Fried Chicken Face-Off.
Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of January 11, 2010.
Chris Viehbacher's first fast and furious six months at the top of Sanofi-Aventis have heads spinning and rolling.
In school we were talking about how the earth spins around like a top.
1.25 Domestics, $2.00 wells, and $5.00 pitchers from 11 pm til closing DJ Dom in the building spinning the hottest mix of Top-40, Hip-hop, and more.
Last night, SPIN took over New York's Bowery Ballroom to celebrate our Year in Music alongside longtime fave-raves Santigold and Grizzly Bear, two artists once again in the upper reaches of our Top 50 Albums of the Year.
88.1 KDHX top album spins Featured.
88.1 KDHX top album spins.
Here's a look at the top album spins for the first half of 2012.
SPIN's editors rank the top releases since the magazine's beginning in 1985.
Each week, the WKNC music directors tally up spins for new releases and submit their top charts to CMJ.
Check out the top 40 songs that are getting the most spins on 106.3 The Buzz in December 2012.
Check out the top 40 songs that are getting the most spins on 106.3 The Buzz in November 2012.
Three top chefs put their signature spin on this healthy Italian staple.
Who better to predict what will reign this year than the pros who work at radio SPIN caught up with some of the nation's top programming directors and asked them to weigh in with their picks.
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In science:

These might affect the tt forward-backward charge asymmetry, the tt spin correlations, or the polarization fractions of W bosons from top-quark decays (Cao et al., 2010; Cheung et al., 2009; Djouadi et al., 2009; Shu et al., 2010).
Top Quark Physics at the Tevatron
The basis is characterized by a spin angle ξ between the t spin and the t momentum given by (fLL + fLR )√1 − β 2 sin θ∗ fLL (cos θ∗ + β ) + fLR (cos θ∗ − β ) where β is the top quark velocity, θ∗ is the top quark scattering angle, and fI J is a combination of muon (or electron) and top quark couplings (see Ref. ).
Top quark physics at muon and other future colliders
For heavy enough Higgs bosons, spin correlations in Higgs decays to top-quark pairs can be exploited to measure the parity 3 .
Aspects of Higgs physics and physics beyond the Standard Model at LHC and e+e- linear colliders
The couplings determine the spin correlations between the final-state top and anti-top quark.
Aspects of Higgs physics and physics beyond the Standard Model at LHC and e+e- linear colliders
Top panel shows the scattering by spin waves in the antiferromagnetic parent compound.
The pseudogap in high-temperature superconductors: an experimental survey
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