• WordNet 3.6
    • v tope drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic "The husband drinks and beats his wife"
    • n tope a dome-shaped shrine erected by Buddhists
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tope A grove or clump of trees; as, a toddy tope .
    • n Tope tōp A moundlike Buddhist sepulcher, or memorial monument, often erected over a Buddhist relic.
    • Tope (Zoöl) A small shark or dogfish (Galeorhinus galeus syn. Galeus galeus), native of Europe, but found also on the coasts of California and Tasmania; -- called also toper oil shark miller's dog, and penny dog.
    • Tope (Zoöl) The wren.
    • v. i Tope To drink hard or frequently; to drink strong or spiritous liquors to excess. "If you tope in form, and treat."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tope An Australasian shark, Galeus australis. It differs somewhat from Galeus galeus, the tope of Great Britaiu. In Australia also called school-shark. E. E. Morris, Austral English.
    • tope To drink alcoholic liquors to excess, especially to do so habitually.
    • tope Same as top.
    • n tope A kind of shark, the miller's-dog or penny-dog, Galeorhinus galeus, or Galeus canis; also, one of several related sharks of small size, some of them also called dogfish. The species to which the name originally pertained is found on the European coast. There are others in various parts of the world, as the oil-shark of California, G. zyopterus. See also cnt under Galeorhinus.
    • n tope The European wren.
    • n tope The popular name for a type of Buddhist monument, which may be considered as a tumulus of masonry, of domical or tower-like form, many specimens of which occur in India and southeastern Asia, intended for the preservation of relics or the commemoration of some event. When for the former purpose the tope is called a dagoba, when for the latter a stupa, the term tope having reference to the external shape only. The oldest topes are dome-shaped, and rest on a base which is cylindrical, quadrangular, or polygonal, rising perpendicularly or in terraces. A distinctive feature of the tope is the apical structure, which is in the shape of an open parasol and is known as a tee. One of the most important surviving topes is the principal one of a group at Sanchi in Bhopal, Central India. The tumulus is domical, somewhat less than a hemisphere, 106 feet in diameter and 42 feet in height. On the top is a flat space, In the center of which once stood the tee. A most elaborately carved stone railing surrounds this tope. In topes serving to preserve relics these were deposited in metal boxes or in chambers in the solid masonry of the tope. See dagoba, stupa.
    • n tope In India, a grove or clump of trees: as, a toddy- tope; a cane -tope.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Tope tōp to drink hard or to excess: to tipple
    • pr.p Tope tō′ping; pa.p. tōped
    • n Tope tōp a Buddhist tumulus for the preservation of relics, of more or less solid masonry, in which the relics are deposited—the oldest spherical, others having polygonal bases, originally crowned with an umbrella-shaped finial, and surrounded by a carved stone railing with elaborately carved gateway.
    • n Tope tōp a small species of British shark—the Miller's dog and Penny dog.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tôper, to cover a stake in playing at dice, to accept an offer, tôpe, agreed!; -- perhaps imitative of the sound of striking hands on concluding a bargain. From being used in English as a drinking term, probably at first in accepting a toast.]


In literature:

When Alec came across Maharaj he had taken up his quarters temporarily in the mango tope opposite the bungalow.
"Adventures in Many Lands" by Various
Four miles from Benares, at the site of the old Benares, called Sarnath, is a most interesting ancient monument known as the Tope of Sarnath.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
Now and then I caught a glimpse of a European, cool and comfortable in topee and white linen.
"Where the Strange Trails Go Down" by E. Alexander Powell
He often found himself condemned to solitary toping over a stained newspaper, one of the most ungleeful joys known to man.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
You must get a topee this afternoon.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
But, lessening his chance of toping ale, The Witler tells his pals the saddest tale.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, 1890.05.10" by Various
The fact is, they want to make me out to be 'Tope.
"A Week's Tramp in Dickens-Land" by William R. Hughes
We took up our quarters for the night in a small tope of trees, near the Home Doongra, the eminence which I have before spoken of.
"Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp" by John Shipp
He was dressed in white ducks from head to foot, while a big solar topee covered his head.
"With Wolseley to Kumasi" by F.S. Brereton
This information I have from General Tantia Topee, who quarrelled with the Nana on this same matter.
"Reminiscences of the Great Mutiny 1857-59" by William Forbes-Mitchell

In poetry:

"One had a Tope of Mangoe trees,
Where early morning, noon and late,
The Persian wheels, with patient ease,
Brought up their liquid, silver freight.
"Yasmini" by Laurence Hope
In Indolence, the Clergy live,
The venal Judges bribes receive,
The Gentry tipple in each paltry inn;
The Farmer, but as yesterday
Unus'd to drink, now topes away,
And smokes his tube, as if it were no sin.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard
Panting and parched, with muzzles dry and burning,
For cool streams yearning, herds of antelope
Haste where the brassy sky, banked black and high,
Hath clouded promise. "There will be"--they hope--
"Water beyond the tope!"
"Grisma; Or The Season Of Heat" by Edwin Arnold

In news:

Iris attended Tope Elementary School, a 1943 graduate of NCHS.
'Topes hurler overcame illness to focus on pitching.
Iris attended Tope Elementary School, a 1943 graduate of NCHS.
Tope Trust awards announced Monday.
New Cool Nutz Track and Video, "The Greatest," Produced by Tope .
Ralph "Blackie" Tope Jr, 80, died March 17, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in New Madrid.
Born March 11, 1927, in Lilbourn, son of the late Ralph and Ethel Riggs Tope Sr.
Ruby Tope , 87, died Jan 29, 2007, at Beverly Healthcare in New Madrid.
Tope Trust awards announced Monday.
Bob­bie Tope, 32, of Colum­bus and Ronald Chris­t­ian, Jr of Colum­bus are being detained in the Mor­row County Cor­rec­tional Facil­ity in con­nec­tion with the burglary.
University of New York — Cobleskill toped the Two-Year Junior College .
Here's a sampling of what some ÕTopes listen to as they come to the plate.

In science:

Figure 13: Two Cherenkov events; the Rp of the tope event is 10 m and that of the bottom event is 173 m; the image of the bottom event has a longer tail than the top event.
Properties and Performance of Two Wide Field of View Cherenkov/Fluorescence Telescope Array Prototypes
E , λ ∈ Γ(∧topE ), ν ∈ Γ(∧topT ∗M ), and where LE u λ = [u, λ]E .
Poisson Manifolds, Lie Algebroids, Modular Classes: a Survey
Equation (4.1) def ines the canonical representation of the Lie algebroid E in the line bundle, LE = ∧topE ⊗ ∧topT ∗M , which appears in the following def inition .
Poisson Manifolds, Lie Algebroids, Modular Classes: a Survey
We will show that, for every element f ∈ F (X ), the function f (γ ) coincides with a quasi–polynomial on the sets (τ − B (X )) ∩ Γ as τ varies over all topes (we simply say f is a quasi–polynomial on τ − B (X )).
Vector partition function and generalized Dahmen-Micchelli spaces
Let τ be a tope and r be a proper rational subspace.
Vector partition function and generalized Dahmen-Micchelli spaces