topmost

adjective
top·​most | \ ˈtäp-ˌmōst How to pronounce topmost (audio) \

Definition of topmost

: highest of all : uppermost

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Examples of topmost in a Sentence

He was standing on the topmost step. his kite got tangled in the topmost branches of the tree
Recent Examples on the Web The rest of the skeletons were missing—except for the topmost vertebrae, as well as some finger and toe bones tucked into eye sockets. Bridget Alex, Science | AAAS, "Shrine of decapitated heads suggests violence against foreigners in ancient Mexico," 17 Dec. 2020 Poke the needle through the topmost edge of the cuff. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Started in Sewing," 8 Dec. 2020 Yale’s return is also expected to place it among the topmost endowment performers for the year. Juliet Chung And Dawn Lim, WSJ, "Harvard’s Endowment Logs 7.3% Return in Turbulent Market," 29 Sep. 2020 The capitals, which form the topmost part of the columns, were discovered with other artifacts during an excavation at the Armon Hanatziv promenade in Jerusalem. James Rogers, Fox News, "Mysterious remains of 'magnificent' Biblical-era palace discovered in Israel," 6 Sep. 2020 In a balloon-frame structure, a fire that starts in the basement and gets into the chase space can run all the way to the cockloft—the cramped, unusable space between the topmost ceiling of a building and the roof—without any fire-stop in between. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 That discovery is thanks to the fact that Little Foot retained her atlas, or the topmost cervical vertebrae between the head and neck. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Ancient human ancestor 'Little Foot' had different head movements from us," 20 Mar. 2020 The topmost object reaches out across space, a half-bridge to nowhere, defying gravity and seemingly supported by nothing. Quanta Magazine, "How to Hang Far Out Over the Edge," 17 Nov. 2016 What Janaszak is working on is for the second room, about the topmost layer of water and the tiny creatures that float in it. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Unseen Oceans: How the American Museum of Natural History Builds a New Exhibit," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of topmost

1697, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of topmost was in 1697

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“Topmost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/topmost. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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topmost

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of topmost

: highest in position or importance

topmost

adjective
top·​most | \ ˈtäp-ˌmōst How to pronounce topmost (audio) \

Kids Definition of topmost

: highest of all I can't reach the topmost shelf.

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