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adverb or adjective

top·​side ˈtäp-ˈsīd How to pronounce topside (audio)
: to or on the top or surface
: in a position of authority
: on deck


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topsides plural : the top portion of the outer surface of a ship on each side above the waterline
: the highest level of authority
: the upper portion of the ionosphere

Examples of topside in a Sentence

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Adverb or adjective
The new Roam is expected to have similar topside touch controls to the Era 100 and 300 speakers. Wes Davis, The Verge, 24 Mar. 2024 Burping olms sometimes spat up parts of earthworm species that aren’t found underground, suggesting that the olms hunt during their forays topside. Elizabeth Anne Brown, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2024 There’s also the flat easy Rim Trail that stays topside meandering through old farmland and past ancient field houses, with nice views into the gorge. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 4 Jan. 2024 Yet 80 percent of the design, topside and under the skin, is all new. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2024 The powerful wake from the boat’s stern formed into a frothy V. Chattering tourists lounged topside. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 9 Feb. 2024 In other snaps, Mowry can be seen lounging topside in a rocky cove surrounded by deep blue water, enjoying some champagne amid incredible countryside views, and posing poolside in denim cut-offs. Lizzy Rosenberg, Peoplemag, 24 Oct. 2023 It’s just been a secret until now Oct. 11, 2023 The video, also shared to his Instagram, concludes with Smith going topside and taking in the ocean views. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2023 Sporting a flowing cheetah-print caftan and wide-brimmed sunhat, Jenner posed topside in a shot featuring her daughter Kendall’s 818 Tequila. Henry Chandonnet, Peoplemag, 11 July 2023
Many gardeners, Grumpy included, find the rich, brown undersides combined with the deep-green topsides to be quite attractive. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 22 Mar. 2024 The teak decks on the exterior also added luxe to the topsides. Kevin Koenig, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2023 This comforter blends linen with rayon for an incredibly soft topside and graceful drape, while a 100 percent cotton sateen backing adds a luxe finish that feels comfortable against your skin. Sharon Brandwein, Southern Living, 3 Aug. 2023 Saving one of the biggest jobs until last, the entire yacht was sanded, re-faired and re-painted, switching out the original, rather milquetoast, beige-yellow hull color to a classy navy blue with stark white topsides. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 28 Apr. 2023 In a study published on Monday in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers report that because of key differences in the pliability of the skin in different zones, an elephant’s trunk stretches more at the topside that faces outward than at the underside closer to the mouth. New York Times, 18 July 2022 Several sizeable spalls [i.e., broken of pieces of concrete] were noted in both the topside of the entrance drive ramp and underside of the pool/entrance drive/planter slabs, which included instances with exposed, deteriorating rebar. Robert Zafft, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Several sizeable spalls were noted in both the topside of the entrance drive ramp and underside of the pool/ entrance drive/ planter slabs, which included instances with exposed, deteriorating rebar. Peter Wilkinson, CNN, 27 June 2021 Kaye, Pittman and others revealed that the dinosaur’s topside was darker than its underside and tail; a physical feature called ‘countershading’ and associated with camouflage in modern animals. Jon Tennant, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb Or Adjective

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of topside was in 1752

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“Topside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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: on or onto the deck of a ship
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