(Tooth"shell") n. (Zoöl.) Any species of Dentalium and allied genera having a tooth-shaped
shell. See Dentalium.
(Tooth"some) a. Grateful to the taste; palatable. Tooth"some*ly, adv. - - Tooth"some*ness,
Though less toothsome to me, they were more wholesome for me.Fuller.
(Tooth"wort`) n. (Bot.) A plant whose roots are fancied to resemble teeth, as certain plants
of the genus Lathræa, and various species of Dentaria. See Coralwort.
(Tooth"y) a. Toothed; with teeth. [R] Croxall.
(Too*zoo") n. The ringdove. [Prov. Eng.]
(Top) n. [CF. OD. dop, top, OHG., MNG., & dial. G. topf; perhaps akin to G. topf a pot.]
1. A child's toy, commonly in the form of a conoid or pear, made to spin on its point, usually by drawing
off a string wound round its surface or stem, the motion being sometimes continued by means of a whip.
2. (Rope Making) A plug, or conical block of wood, with longitudital grooves on its surface, in which the
strands of the rope slide in the process of twisting.
(Top) n. [AS. top; akin to OFries. top a tuft, D. top top, OHG. zopf end, tip, tuft of hair, G. zopf
tuft of hair, pigtail, top of a tree, Icel. toppr a tuft of hair, crest, top, Dan. top, Sw. topp pinnacle,
top; of uncertain origin. Cf. Tuft.]
1. The highest part of anything; the upper end, edge, or extremity; the upper side or surface; summit; apex; vertex; cover; lid; as,
the top of a spire; the top of a house; the top of a mountain; the top of the ground.
The star that bids the shepherd fold,Milton.
Now the top of heaven doth hold.
2. The utmost degree; the acme; the summit.
The top of my ambition is to contribute to that work.Pope.
3. The highest rank; the most honorable position; the utmost attainable place; as, to be at the top of one's
class, or at the top of the school.
And wears upon his baby brow the roundShak.
And top of sovereignty.
4. The chief person; the most prominent one.
Other . . . aspired to be the top of zealots.Milton.
5. The crown of the head, or the hair upon it; the head. "From top to toe" Spenser.
All the stored vengeance of Heaven fallShak.
On her ungrateful top !
6. The head, or upper part, of a plant.
The buds . . . are called heads, or tops, as cabbageheads.I. Watts.
7. (Naut.) A platform surrounding the head of the lower mast and projecting on all sudes. It serves to
spead the topmast rigging, thus strengheningthe mast, and also furnishes a convenient standing place
for the men aloft. Totten.