top·​side | \ ˈtäp-ˈsīd How to pronounce topside (audio) \

Definition of topside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to or on the top or surface
2 : in a position of authority
3 : on deck



Definition of topside (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of topside in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective

Made a few 4x4’s in afternoon & went up topside a while. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When complete, the topside of Eisenhower will boast more than 1,800 modules. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A first-of-its-kind project in New Berlin is turning school roofs into solar energy collectors," 19 June 2019 Some species are two-toned, with purple topsides and pink underbellies. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Caecilians," 27 June 2019 Because there’s no outboard hanging off the back, the whole topside of the hull is usable. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Testing the Yamaha 210 FSH: The Boat That Blew Up the Formula," 31 Aug. 2018 The only connection with topside is via the elevator. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Grand Canyon Caverns: Arizona's deepest, darkest hotel room," 5 Mar. 2018 The pulverized rock comes out the back via conveyor belt to be loaded onto rail cars and hauled topside. Washington Post, "Fixing a massive NYC plumbing leak, 55 stories underground," 20 June 2018 After noon chow topside again. Pulled within 3000 yards of beachhead. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018 Those of the crew who had managed to make their way topside jumped into the frigid water. Jonathan W. Jordan, WSJ, "‘World War II at Sea’ Review: A History Written in Water," 18 May 2018 Crews used a series of ropes to pluck the terrified pup, which squealed with delight upon arrival topside. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Must-see TV: Firefighters rescue squealing puppy from well," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of topside

Adverb or adjective

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of topside was in 1815

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English Language Learners Definition of topside

: on or onto the deck of a ship

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