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noun (HIGHEST PART)    /tɒp/ US  /tɑːp/
A2 [C] the highest place or part: She waited for me at the top of the stairs. There were flags on the tops of many of the buildings. There was a pile of books on top of (= on) the table. → See also clifftop, hilltop, mountaintop, rooftop, the treetops → Compare bottom noun, summitEdges and extremities of objectsSurfaces of objects [C] the flat upper surface of something: The top of the table/desk was badly scratched.Surfaces of objectsEdges and extremities of objects
(Definition of top noun (HIGHEST PART) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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