Topgallant breeze, a breeze in which the topgallant sails may properly be carried.

(Top`gal"lant), n.

1. (Naut.) A topgallant mast or sail.

2. Fig.: Anything elevated or splendid. Bacon.

(Toph) n. [L. tophus, tofus, tufa, or tuft. Cf. Tufa, Tofus, Tophus.] (Min.) kind of sandstone.

(To*pha"ceous) a. [L. tophaceus, tofaceus.] Gritty; sandy; rough; stony.

(Top"-ham`per) n. (Naut.) The upper rigging, spars, etc., of a ship. [Written also top hamper.]

All the ships of the fleet . . . were so encumbered with tophamper, so overweighted in proportion to their draught of water, that they could bear but little canvas, even with smooth seas and light and favorable winds.

(Top"-heav`y) a. Having the top or upper part too heavy for the lower part. Sir H. Wotton.

(Tope) n. [Probably from Skr. stupa a tope, a stupa, through Prakrit thupo.] A moundlike Buddhist sepulcher, or memorial monument, often erected over a Buddhist relic.

(Tope), n. [Tamil toppu.] A grove or clump of trees; as, a toddy tope. [India] Whitworth.

(Tope), n.

1. (Zoöl.) A small shark or dogfish (Galeorhinus, or Galeus, galeus), native of Europe, but found also on the coasts of California and Tasmania; — called also toper, oil shark, miller's dog, and penny dog.

2. (Zoöl.) The wren. [Prov. Eng.]

(Tope), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Toped (topt); p. pr. & vb. n. Toping.] [F. tôper to cover a stake in playing at dice, to accept an offer, tôpe agreed!; — perhaps imitative of the sound of striking hands on concluding a bargain. From being used in English as a drinking term, probably at first in accepting a toast.] To drink hard or frequently; to drink strong or spiritous liquors to excess.

If you tope in form, and treat.

(To"per) n. One who topes, or drinks frequently or to excess; a drunkard; a sot.

(Top"et) n. [F. toupet tuft. See Touper.] (Zoöl.) The European crested titmouse. [Prov. Eng.]

(Top"ful) a. Full to the top, ore brim; brimfull. "Topful of direst cruelty." Shak.

[He] was so topful of himself, that he let it spill on all the company.
I. Watts.

(Top`gal"lant) a.

1. (Naut.) Situated above the topmast and below the royal mast; designatb, or pertaining to, the third spars in order from the deck; as, the topgallant mast, yards, braces, and the like. See Illustration of Ship.

2. Fig.: Highest; elevated; splendid. "The consciences of topgallant sparks." L'Estrange.

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