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Top, subst. 1) the highest part of any thing: “the bottom poison, and the t. o'erstrawed with sweets,” Ven. 1143. “skins vice o'the t.” Meas. II, 2, 136. on the t. of the mountain (cf. Mountain-top) LLL V, 1, 87. Mids. IV, 1, 114. H4A II, 2, 8. Rom. III, 5, 10. Tit. II, 1, 1. Tim. I, 1, 86. Lr. IV, 6, 1. “the highest promontory t.” Tit. II, 2, 22. “on the t. of a thistle,” Mids. IV, 1, 12. to wag their (pines') “high --s,” Merch. IV, 1, 76. As IV, 3, 106. R2 III, 2, 42. R3 I, 3, 264. Rom. II, 2, 108. Cymb. IV, 2, 175. Per. I, 2, 29. II, 2, 43 (a branch . . . only green at t.). (a ship) “vailing her high t. lower than her ribs,” Merch. I, 1, 28. “had I seen the vaulty t. of heaven figured quite o'er,” John V, 2, 52. “rude hands from windows' --s threw dust,” R2 V, 2, 5. “take the ruffian billows by the t.” H4B III, 1, 22. “I will have it in a particular ballad else, with mine own picture on the t. on't,” IV, 3, 53. “on this turret's t.” H6A I, 4, 26. Troil. IV, 5, 220. Hml. II, 2, 497. III, 4, 193. “they use to write it on the t. of letters,” H6B IV, 2, 107. “on the chimney's t.” H6C V, 6, 47. Caes. I, 1, 44.
Metaphorically, == the highest point or degree: “now stand you on the t. of happy hours,” Sonn. 16, 5. “the t. of admiration,” Tp. III, 1, 38. “He, which is the t. of judgement,” Meas. II, 2, 76. “this is the very t., the height, the crest . . . of murder's arms,” John IV, 3, 45. “from t. of honour to disgrace's feet,” H6B I, 2, 49. “which, to the spire and t. of praises vouched,” Cor. I, 9, 24. “bears upon his baby brow the round and t. of sovereignty,” Mcb. IV, 1, 89 (interpreted by the commentators as meaning the upper part of the crown). “sound me from my lowest note to the t. of my compass,” Hml. III, 2, 383. “they fool me to the t. of my bent,” Hml. III, 2, 383 “the art o'the court . . . whose t. to climb is certain falling,” Cymb. III, 3, 47. “our griefs are risen to the t.” Per. II, 4, 23. in t. of == in the height of: “in t. of rage the lines she rents,” Pilgr. 55. “in --s of all their pride,” H6C V, 7, 4. “my competitor in t. of all design,” Ant. V, 1, 43. in the t. of == higher than, above: “whose judgements cried in the t. of mine,” Hml. II, 2, 459. cf. cry out on the t. of question, 355 (see IV, 7, 28, and Question).
2) Applied to men, == the crown of the head: “from the t. to toe,” R3 III, 1, 156. “from t. to toe,” Hml. I, 2, 228. Pars pro toto, == the head: “bowed his eminent t. to their low ranks,” All's I, 2, 43. “all the stored vengeances of heaven fall on her ingrateful t.” Lr. II, 4, 165. “what trunk is here without his t.?” Cymb. IV, 2, 354. Totum pro parte, == the forelock: “to take the present time by the t.” Ado I, 2, 16. “let's take the instant by the forward t.” All's V, 3, 39.
3) the inverted conoid which children play with by setting it to turn on the point: “since I whipped t.” Wiv. V, 1, 27. “not big enough to bear a schoolboy's t.” Wint. II, 1, 103. “as one would set up a t.” Cor. IV, 5, 161. cf. Parish-top.
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