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.)
Floretta was standing in the hall, spinning a top.
"Dorothy Dainty at the Mountains" by Amy Brooks
All the way home her head had been spinning like a top with plans for keeping Jacqueline from knowing of her interference.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
Her broad, low figure, wide about the hips, tapered toward the feet in lines suggestive of a spinning-top.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
Of this description are swimming, running, leaping, spinning tops, and throwing stones.
"Émile" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Just now she was quiet, as a spinning top is quiet, her thoughts, her conjectures, merely revolving at high speed.
"Command" by William McFee
Perhaps he could lie and balance himself on top of it, but spin himself round!
"What Happened to Inger Johanne" by Dikken Zwilgmeyer
This top is now ready to spin.
"Practical Angora Goat Raising" by C. P. Bailey
He sat passive, but it was the passivity of the spinning-top.
"Love's Usuries" by Louis Creswicke
He can spin a top splendidly; but he does everything else badly.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
I wonder if any of you have followed me so well as to know already why a spinning top rises.
"Spinning Tops" by John Perry
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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
The helicity amplitudes contain the complete spin information for the single-top-quark processes.
The fully differential single-top-quark cross section in next-to-leading order QCD
The central value moves to ∼ 110 GeV/c2 if the top quark mass is assumed to be one standard deviation above its central value k R-parity is a multiplicative quantum number de fined as R = (−1)3(B−L)+2S where B , L and S are the baryon number, the lepton number and the spin of the particle, respectively.
Understanding SUSY limits from LEP
In particular, we address the issue of determining the spin of the top-quark produced in reaction (6) by measuring the angular distribution of the µ+ resulting from its decay, the method first proposed in .
Top quark pair production at a linear collider in the presence of an anomalous Wtb coupling
In this work we present analytic results for the differential cross sections of top quark pair production in hadronic collisions at next-to-leading order in the QCD coupling, keeping the full dependence on the spins of the top quarks.
Top quark pair production and decay at hadron colliders
Top quark spin phenomena are expected to play an important r ˆole in these efforts: the spin-polarization and spin-correlation phenomena reflect in detail the interactions involved in top quark production and decay, thus give an opportunity for precise tests of these interactions.
Top quark pair production and decay at hadron colliders
As to top quark spin phenomena at hadron colliders there exists an extensive literature on theoretical investigations within the standard hese analyses — in particular within the model (SM) [11 –19] and beyond [20 –32].
Top quark pair production and decay at hadron colliders
In this paper we study hadronic top quark pair production and decay at NLO QCD by taking the spin of the top and antitop quarks into account.
Top quark pair production and decay at hadron colliders
The matrices r, ¯r are the density matrices spin con figuration by one of the six reactions Eqs. (I.1)–(I. describing the decay of polarized top and antitop quarks into speci fic final states.
Top quark pair production and decay at hadron colliders
The subscripts in Eq. (I.11) denote the top and antitop spin indices.
Top quark pair production and decay at hadron colliders
With these building blocks the factorizable NLO QCD corrections to top quark pair production and decay can be computed, keeping the full information on the spin con figuration of the intermediate t ¯t state.
Top quark pair production and decay at hadron colliders
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