\ə-ˈtäp \

Definition of atop 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: on, to, or at the top

Definition of atop (Entry 2 of 2)

: on top of

Examples of atop in a Sentence

Preposition

The house sits atop a cliff overlooking the ocean.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective

Until November 21st, use the offer code VERGE25 at checkout to take 25 percent off of your purchase, which stacks atop of 1More’s current promotion for even more savings. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Save 25 percent on headphones from 1More," 8 Nov. 2018 Country star Jason Aldean is set to bow atop next week’s Billboard 200 chart with his latest album, Rearview Town, according to industry forecasters. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Jason Aldean's 'Rearview Town' Aiming for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart," 17 Apr. 2018 The house of cards that Desna sits atop is going to crumble, but who will come out victorious as the top boss? Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "‘Claws’ Episode 5 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Vaginalologist’ and the good doctor’s betrayal," 9 July 2018 Further, aluminum makers must pay a mysterious fee atop all U.S. orders: the Midwest Premium, which is said to cover the cost of transporting, storing and delivering the metal. Pete Coors, WSJ, "In a Trade War, It’s Hard to Get a Head," 14 May 2018 Even the visual aspect of the show was scaled way back, kept to four small banks of stage lights set behind the players and a small silvery platform that all the musicians stood atop. Robert Ham, Billboard, "Haim Brings Charm and Enthusiasm to Sister Sister Sister Tour Opener in Portland," 4 Apr. 2018 The hip-hop artist's second studio effort, ?, could debut atop next week's list with over 115,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 22. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "XXXTentacion's '?' Aiming for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart," 19 Mar. 2018 For a delightful hors d'oeuvre, combine chopped cherry tomatoes with fresh tarragon and slivers of Parmesan cheese; spoon atop thick rectangles of country bread and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Country Living, "How to Grow Tomatoes from Seeds," 5 Mar. 2018 Victoria’s Secret for underthings, and American Eagle for what goes atop. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "When Malls Saved the Suburbs From Despair," 17 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Now, Romero has partnered with the The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to create a series of renderings of the unbuilt Gordon Strong Automobile Objective, a tourist attraction designed by Wright in 1924 to sit atop Maryland’s Sugarloaf Mountain. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Lost Frank Lloyd Wright buildings reimagined in new renderings," 5 Nov. 2018 Storm then pulled up part of her hair into a half bun that sat atop her head. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Storm Reid Matched Her Blue Dress to Her Manicure, Pedicure, and Eyeshadow," 11 Oct. 2018 From atop a makeshift fort high above the Hudson River, a young woman aimed a cannon at a mass of Hession soldiers swarming up the steep, rocky slopes and fired. Cristina Corbin, Fox News, "Where is Margaret Corbin? Hunt on for Revolutionary War hero's grave," 5 July 2018 Videos that show a TV being tossed from atop a fraternity house at the University of Wisconsin in Madison have prompted an investigation by local police. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "'Inch away from death.' TV tossed from frat house roof nearly lands on woman, videos show," 5 July 2018 Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg Muharrem Ince, Turkish presidential candidate and leader of the Secular Republican People's Party (CHP), speaks to supporters from atop a campaign bus during a rally in Istanbul on June 10. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures," 14 June 2018 Associated Press video on Friday showed Somali forces firing weapons from atop pickup trucks in a muddy rural area, and an unidentified U.S. soldier speaking with local residents. CBS News, "U.S. soldier killed in Somalia identified as Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad," 10 June 2018 The blades beat down from atop the building and the ground below pulsed with a rhythmic bump. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Sixers decided Bryan Colangelo's strength, like Sam Hinkie's, had become a liability | David Murphy," 8 June 2018 Smiling from atop a reader board that advertises the Chinese Acrobats who perform in his namesake theater is a giant Yaakov Smirnoff — the Russian-American comedian who made Missouri his home. Pam Mandel, Longreads, "Exodus in the Ozarks," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of atop

Adverb or adjective

1638, in the meaning defined above

Preposition

1638, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of atop

: on top of

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Kids Definition of atop

: on top of The castle sits atop a cliff.

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