topping

Definitions

  • THE TOP OF THE MESA ENCANTADA
    THE TOP OF THE MESA ENCANTADA
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj topping excellent; best possible
    • n topping a flavorful addition on top of a dish
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Puppet, with her guitar, sitting on top of a haystack Puppet, with her guitar, sitting on top of a haystack
Showing location A at the bottom of the plan, and B at the top Showing location A at the bottom of the plan, and B at the top
Taking the Top Rail 113 Taking the Top Rail 113
DRIVER AND BRASSY. TOP OF THE SWING DRIVER AND BRASSY. TOP OF THE SWING
DRIVER AND BRASSY. TOP OF THE SWING. FROM BEHIND DRIVER AND BRASSY. TOP OF THE SWING. FROM BEHIND
The Legs Fold on the Under Side of Top The Legs Fold on the Under Side of Top
Signy, at the top of the tree, looks in at the window Signy, at the top of the tree, looks in at the window
at the top of at the top of

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest ice cream sundae was made with 4,667 gallons of ice cream, was 12 feet high and had 7000 pounds of toppings on it. This was made in Anaheim, California in 1985
    • Topping Fine; gallant.
    • Topping Hence, assuming superiority; proud. "The great and flourishing condition of some of the topping sinners of the world."
    • Topping Rising above; surpassing.
    • Topping something placed on top of another thing, such as a sauce or garnish on food; as, a three-scoop banana split with three different toppings ; an ice-cream cone with chocolate fudge topping.
    • Topping That which comes from hemp in the process of hatcheling.
    • Topping The act of one who tops; the act of cutting off the top.
    • Topping (Naut) The act of raising one extremity of a spar higher than the other.
    • Topping (Angling) The tail of an artificial fly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The two top toys in 1950 were Silly Putty which sold for $1, and Crayola crayons which sold for 50 cents
    • n topping Specifically, in tobacco-growing, the removal of the budded or blossoming summit of the plant in order that its strength may be thrown into the leaves.
    • n topping The act of one who tops. The act or practice of cutting off the top, as of a tree or plant.
    • n topping Nautical, the act of pulling one extremity of a yard or boom higher than the other.
    • n topping The act of reducing to an exact level the points of the teeth of a saw.
    • n topping That which tops; the upper part of anything; especially, a crest of hair, feathers, etc., upon the head: said of a forelock or topknot, an egret, the mane of a horse, etc.
    • n topping plural That which is cut off in topping, as the branches of a tree.
    • n topping plural That which comes from hemp in the process of hatcheling.
    • n topping The tail of an artificial fly, used by anglers, usually a feather from the crest of the golden pheasant.
    • topping Rising above all others; loftiest; overtopping.
    • topping Surpassing; towering; preëminent; distinguished.
    • topping Lofty; pretentious; assuming; arrogant.
    • topping Fine; well; excellent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "vamp" is used to describe the upper front top of a shoe
    • Topping the act of one who tops, that which tops:
    • Topping (pl.) that cut off in topping
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Quotations

  • J. Paul Getty
    J.%20Paul%20Getty
    “To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.”
  • Albert Sidney Johnston
    Albert Sidney Johnston
    “Morale is faith in the man at the top.”
  • Sam Nunn
    Sam Nunn
    “Leadership must be established from the top down.”
  • Martin Zimet
    Martin Zimet
    “There is no money to be made at the bottom. There's no money to made in the middle. But there's a lot to be made at the top.”
  • Althea Gibson
    Althea Gibson
    “Most of us who aspire to be tops in our fields don't really consider the amount of work required to stay tops.”
  • Doug Malouf
    Doug Malouf
    “Top presenters have total control of their fears. They make fear their slave, not the master.”

Idioms

At the top of my lungs - If you shout at the top of your lungs, you shout as loudly as you possibly can.
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At the top of the list - If something is at the top of the list, it is of highest priority, most important, most urgent, or the next in one's line of attention.
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At the top of your lungs - If you shout at the top of your lungs, you shout as loudly as you possibly can.
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At the top of your voice - If you talk, shout or sing at the top of your voice, you do it as loudly as you can.
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Blow your top - If someone blows their top, they lose their temper.
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Cream rises to the top - A good person or idea cannot go unnoticed for long, just as cream poured in coffee or tea eventually rises to the top.
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Off the top of your head - If you say something off the top of your head, you don't think about it beforehand.
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On top of the world - If you are on top of the world, everything is going well for you.
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Over the top - If something is over the top, it is excessive or unnecessary. It refers to the moment a soldier leaves the trenches.
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Top brass - In the army or in other organizations, the top brass are the people in the highest positions
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Top dog - The most important or influential person is the top dog.
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Top notch - If something is top notch, it's excellent, of the highest quality or standard.
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You can't have cake and the topping, too - (USA) This idiom means that you can't have everything the way you want it, especially if your desires are contradictory.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. top; Ger. zopf.

Usage

In literature:

Grate little nutmeg on top and bake pudding very slowly until top is delicately browned.
"The Story of Crisco" by Marion Harris Neil
Querns with the top circular stone turned by hand over the bottom stone were used for grinding grain.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
You can't see it from the top of the stairway.
"The Road" by Jack London
The hole was reamed out at the top, as shown in Fig.
"The Scientific American Boy" by A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
Cloth gilt, gilt top, 3s.
"Five Months at Anzac" by Joseph Lievesley Beeston
The top of the plant must now be closed, and the earth carefully packed so high that only the very tops of the leaves are visible.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
As it grows old, the top joints of the branches become thick and heavy and are easily broken off by the wind.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
The scouts from up here come back with their little Wild West story about knocking down this yere mountain on top of you.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
It lies in a layer mixed with flies on the top of your rations.
"Ladysmith" by H. W. Nevinson
By degrees the teacher-top, or the top-teacher ceased from spinning round.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
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In poetry:

One with a whimsical face spoke freely;
"I?--I sought some stir,
Some urge in living,
Some sense in dying.
I sought a mountain top
With a view!"
"The Reasons" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
His head he raised—-there was in sight,
It caught his eye, he saw it plain—-
Upon the house-top, glittering bright,
A broad and gilded vane.
"Anecdote For Fathers" by William Wordsworth
It's not likely the wind in the tree-tops
Would trouble our love nor our rest,
Not the hurrying footsteps would draw her,
My love from my breast!
"Girls Spinning" by Padraic Colum
Break over the waiting hill-tops,
White dawn of the Christmas morn!
For the angels have sung through the midnight,
That the wonderful Babe is born.
"Christmas Hymn" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Her's the fresh gale that wanders wild
O'er mountain top, and woodland glade;
And fondly steals the breath, beguil'd,
Of ev'ry flow'r in ev'ry shade.
"Morning" by Ann Radcliffe
Even then when you, to years a debtor,
In varied phrase your meanings wrap,
The welcomest words in all your letter
May be those two kind words at top.
"The Young Letter Writer" by Charles Lamb

In news:

Grand Valley State was recently named one of Division II's top donating schools, finishing in the top-five institutions for the 2011-12 academic year.
"Top Chef All-Stars" and "Life After Top Chef" alumnus has put aside Chicago plans to focus on restaurants in Washington, D.C.
Romacaca Tops Snow Top Mountain in Modesty .
Top-Ranked Journals Are Losing Their Share of Top-Cited Articles.
Top earner Bella Yoder was given the opportunity to throw a whipped topping pie at Windle.
Aston's range-topping model loses its top.
Now that the North Texas Tollway Authority has settled with its top toll violator , a new name has risen to the top of the list.
It boast some of the nation's top collegiate runners, plus some of the world's top pro's as well.
The Ottawa County Top 10 banquet was held at Camp Perry on April 18, recognizing the Top Ten seniors of each Ottawa County high school.
The former top-100 recruit has had multiple brushes with the law but is also regarded as the top junior-college guard in the Class of 2012.
Decision means world's top-ranked rider is not guaranteed entry to top races.
The day's top showbiz news and headlines including Mumford & Sons tops the album charts , Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey argue on the set of 'American Idol,' and Kylie Minogue hits Rio for her film premiere.
Top left weather map, top right temperatures.
Top 12 becomes Top 13.
The popular website Fail Blog has put together its top 5 people, moments and videos for 2012 -- here are the folks who made it to the top of the list for a site that has fun with failings.
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In science:

The mass-shell conditions that constrain the unknown variables are counted here, i.e. the mass-shell conditions on S0 , leptonic top, W and ν from leptonic top decay.
Phenomenological aspects of new physics at high energy hadron colliders
Table 5.11, i.e. the mass-shell conditions on S0 , leptonic top, W and ν from leptonic top decay.
Phenomenological aspects of new physics at high energy hadron colliders
There is also a cut on the reconstructed hadronic top jet, of pT > 120 GeV and that its invariant mass lies within 20 GeV of the top mass.
Phenomenological aspects of new physics at high energy hadron colliders
The connection to the Link/Data Aggregator (top left) as well as to the Clock and Control Card (top right) is also shown.
Concept and status of the CALICE analog hadron calorimeter engineering prototype
On each image, we show the top three instances, i.e. regions, that are closest to the top 3 prototypes learned by MIS-Boost.
MIS-Boost: Multiple Instance Selection Boosting
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