adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈtäp How to pronounce atop (audio) \

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 The lake had about a foot of snow and slush atop at least 12 inches of solid ice. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Two peregrine falcons, nicknamed Annie and Grinnell, love and lay eggs at a nest atop Sather Tower on UC Berkeley’s campus. Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Burna refers to his music as Afro-fusion, with a base of Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat and layers of other diasporic sounds atop. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 12 Jan. 2022 The golf cart-sized spacecraft is set to launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will light up the night sky late Tuesday from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, 23 Nov. 2021 These early masses of solid rock may have floated buoyantly atop magma welling up from below, a new study finds. ABC News, 14 Nov. 2021 The gestation stalls — metal enclosures where the pig stands atop slatted, concrete floors — are typically 7 by 2 feet in size. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 17 Oct. 2021 As can be seen in the title image, the main 4K camera resides atop and slightly ahead of the cockpit, semi-flush with the surface to reduce drag. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 But not the Yukon, where commercial and subsistence harvests are built atop of waning king stocks and the mysteriously absent chum. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The two battled side-by-side to a morning tie atop the leaderboard at 9-under par after two rounds. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 24 June 2022 Nearby, Grima, who was wearing a New Orleans Saints cap, flip-flops, and two pairs of drugstore reading glasses, sat atop a cardboard box. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 23 June 2022 The Masters champion, buoyed by an eagle that came courtesy of a 157-yard can job on the 560-yard par-5 eighth, sat solo atop the US Open leaderboard at 6-under par. Globe Staff,, 18 June 2022 Going forward, though, the Utah golfer would probably prefer to be talking about a spot atop the leaderboard. The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2022 Rookie Mito Pereira currently sits atop the leaderboard at 9 under par. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 22 May 2022 Speights seems certain to remain a starter, and Fisher starts camp atop the depth chart. oregonlive, 19 May 2022 Drafting Williams likely takes the Lions out of the Samuel market, and Williams should join Amon-Ra St. Brown atop the team's depth chart at receiver. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 29 Apr. 2022 Gregg Popovich sits atop the NBA’s career chart for regular-season coaching wins after the Spurs downed the Utah Jazz 104-102 Friday night at the AT&T Center. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of atop

Adverb or adjective

1638, in the meaning defined above


1638, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2022

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“Atop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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\ ə-ˈtäp How to pronounce atop (audio) \

Kids Definition of atop

: on top of The castle sits atop a cliff.

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