KJV Dictionary Definition: top


TOP, n.

1. The highest part of any thing; the upper end, edge or extremity; as the top of a tree; the top of a spire; the top of a house; the top of a mountain.

2. Surface; upper side; as the top of the ground.

3. The highest place; as the top of preferment.

4. The highest person; the chief.

5. The utmost degree.

The top of my ambition is to contribute to that work.

If you attain the top of your desires in fame--

6. The highest rank. Each boy strives to be at the top of his class, or at the top of the school.

7. The crown or upper surface of the head.

8. The hair on the crown of the head; the forelock.

9. The head of a plant.

10. An inverted conoid which children play with by whirling it on its point, continuing the motion with a whip.

11. In ship-building, a sort of platform, surrounding the head of the lower mast and projecting on all sides. It serves to extend the shrouds, by which means they more effectually support the mast; and in ships of war, the top furnishes a convenient stand for swivels and small arms to annoy the enemy.


TOP'PING, ppr. Covering the top; capping; surpassing; cropping; lopping.

1. a. Fine; gallant.

But Johnson's definition is probably incorrect.

2. Proud; assuming superiority. This is the sense in which the common people of N. England use the word, and I believe the true sense, but it is not elegant.

TOP'PING, n. In seamen's language, the act of pulling one extremity of a yard higher than the other.


TOP'PINGLY, adv. Proudly; with airs of disdain. Not an elegant word, nor much used.