Definition of on top
1 : on the highest part or surface of something vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and a cherry on top
2 chiefly British : winning a game or competition The team was on top after the first half.
Word by Word Definitions
: the highest point, level, or part of something : summit, crown
: the head of a plant
: the aboveground part of a plant having edible roots
: to remove or cut the top of
: to shorten or remove the top of (a plant) : pinch
: to cover with a top or on the top : provide, form, or serve as a top for
: of, relating to, or being at the top : uppermost
: chief, leading
: of the highest quality, amount, or degree
: a commonly cylindrical or conoidal device that has a tapering point on which it is made to spin and that is used especially as a toy
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