flat·​top | \ˈflat-ˌtäp \

Definition of flattop 

: something with a flat or flattened upper surface: such as

a : aircraft carrier

b : a modified crew cut

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The 100 percent Wagyu patty is roughly chopped rather than finely ground, formed into a ball, and cooked smash-burger style on a flattop. Stan Parish, WSJ, "‘Go Beyond Sushi’: Tokyo’s Culinary Gems," 19 June 2018 Although female sailors have served aboard America’s flattops for two decades, on that sunny morning in the Persian Gulf, 35 women made history. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Female crew takes over aircraft carrier's catapults, likely a first in the ship's history," 6 May 2018 The gnarly branches and flattop crowns of these trees are similar to the wrinkles found on the faces of older people, suggesting the notion that age is a sign of wisdom. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "Photos Document the Last Remaining Old-Growth Pine Forests of the American South," 19 Jan. 2018 Canard will feature a pair of marble bars, one curved, the other fronting Rucker's burners and flattop grill. Michael Russell, OregonLive.com, "Le Pigeon expands next door with wine-focused Canard," 18 Jan. 2018 The first woman to navigate the flattop Enterprise. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Vice Admiral Tyson "to leave a large hole" in the Navy," 14 Sep. 2017 Fresh does mean each tortilla is given the griddle treatment, swelling and charring just so on the sizzling flattop located behind a glass guard and viewable from just about anywhere in the restaurant. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "MexA Steak Tacos worthy of regular chorus of praise | Review," 27 Sep. 2017 Most places use a panini press, but here it is done by hand, flattening the sandwich against the flattop, simply because it has always been done that way. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "The Mississippi cafe for fresh Gulf seafood on weekdays," 21 Sep. 2017 Khalid's cozy knits, pops of color, and that inimitable, flattop-meets-Afro pouf of hair speak to a guy who's cool, comfortable, but never flashy. Julia Black, Esquire, "How Breakout Musician Khalid Became a Style Maverick," 21 Aug. 2017

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of flattop

: a haircut in which the hair is very short on the sides and flat and evenly cut on top

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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