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Dictionary Definition

topping adj : excellent; best possible [syn: top-flight, top-hole] n : a flavorful addition on top of a dishtop adj
1 situated at the top or highest position; "the top shelf" [syn: top(a)] [ant: bottom(a), side(a)]
2 not to be surpassed; "his top effort" [syn: greatest]

Noun

1 the upper part of anything; "the mower cuts off the tops of the grass"; "the title should be written at the top of the first page"
2 the highest or uppermost side of anything; "put your books on top of the desk"; "only the top side of the box was painted" [syn: top side, upper side, upside]
3 the top point of a mountain or hill; "the view from the peak was magnificent"; "they clambered to the summit of Monadnock" [syn: peak, crown, crest, tip, summit]
4 the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat; "a relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth" [syn: top of the inning] [ant: bottom]
5 the highest level or degree attainable; "his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty"; "the artist's gifts are at their acme"; "at the height of her career"; "the peak of perfection"; "summer was at its peak"; "...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame"; "the summit of his ambition"; "so many highest superlatives achieved by man"; "at the top of his profession" [syn: acme, height, elevation, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative]
6 the greatest possible intensity; "he screamed at the top of his lungs"
7 platform surrounding the head of a lower mast
8 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" [syn: whirligig, teetotum, spinning top]
9 covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container); "he removed the top of the carton"; "he couldn't get the top off of the bottle"; "put the cover back on the kettle" [syn: cover]
10 a garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips; "he stared as she buttoned her top"
11 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" [syn: circus tent, big top, round top]

Verb

1 go beyond; "She exceeded our expectations"; "She topped her performance of last year" [syn: exceed, transcend, overstep, pass, go past]
2 pass by, over, or under without making contact; "the balloon cleared the tree tops" [syn: clear]
3 be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point; "A star tops the Christmas Tree"
4 be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year" [syn: lead]
5 provide with a top; "the towers were topped with conical roofs"
6 reach or ascend the top of; "The hikers topped the mountain just before noon"
7 strike (the top part of a ball in golf, baseball, or pool) giving it a forward spin
8 cut the top off; "top trees and bushes" [syn: pinch]
9 be the culminating event; "The speech crowned the meeting" [syn: crown]
10 finish up or conclude; "They topped off their dinner with a cognac"; "top the evening with champagne" [syn: top off] [also: topping, topped]topping See top

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Verb form

topping
  1. present participle of top

Interjection

topping
  1. Chiefly British Informal wonderful

Noun

  1. (of deserts): Confections added, especially on ice cream, such as sprinkles, hot fudge or whipped cream
  2. (of a pizza): Anything other than tomato sauce, mozzarella and oregano or basil added to a pizza base before cooking

Extensive Definition

Topping may refer to:
Others
  • hill-topping, a mate-acquisition strategy amongst insects, especially butterflies

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