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Superior vs. Top — What's the Difference?

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Superior

Higher in rank, status, or quality
A superior officer
The new model is superior to every other car on the road

Top

The highest or uppermost point, part, or surface of something
Doreen stood at the top of the stairs
Fill the cup almost to the top
The springy turf of the clifftop

Superior

Having or showing an overly high opinion of oneself; conceited
That girl was frightfully superior

Top

A lid, cover, or cap
He removed the top from his ballpoint
Beer bottle tops

Superior

(of a letter, figure, or symbol) written or printed above the line.
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Top

The highest or most important rank, level, or position
The people at the top must be competent
Her talent will take her right to the top

Superior

Further above or out; higher in position.

Top

A garment covering the upper part of the body and worn with a skirt, trousers, or shorts
She bought a couple of new tops
He was wearing a hooded top

Superior

A person superior to another in rank or status, especially a colleague in a higher position
Obeying their superiors' orders

Top

The end of something that is furthest from the speaker or a point of reference
The bus shelter at the top of the road

Superior

A superior letter, figure, or symbol.

Top

Short for topspin

Superior

Higher than another in rank, station, or authority
A superior officer.

Top

A bundle of long wool fibres prepared for spinning.

Superior

Of a higher nature or kind.

Top

One of six flavours of quark.

Superior

Of great value or excellence; extraordinary.

Top

A man who takes the active role in anal intercourse with another man.

Superior

Greater in number or amount than another
An army defeated by superior numbers of enemy troops.

Top

A conical, spherical, or pear-shaped toy that with a quick or vigorous twist may be set to spin.

Superior

Presuming to be or suggesting that one is morally or socially better than others; disdainful or supercilious.

Top

Used in names of top shells, e.g. strawberry top.

Superior

Above being affected or influenced; indifferent or immune
"Trust magnates were superior to law" (Gustavus Myers).

Top

Highest in position, rank, or degree
The top button of his shirt
A top executive

Superior

Located higher than another; upper.

Top

Furthest away from the speaker or a point of reference
The top end of Fulham Road

Superior

(Botany) Inserted or situated above the perianth. Used of an ovary.

Top

Exceed (an amount, level, or number); be more than
Losses are expected to top £100 m this year

Superior

(Printing) Set above the main line of type.

Top

Provide with a top or topping
Toast topped with baked beans

Superior

(Logic) Of wider or more comprehensive application; generic. Used of a term or proposition.

Top

Reach the top of (a hill or other elevation)
They topped a rise and began a slow descent

Superior

One that surpasses another in rank or quality.

Top

Kill
I wasn't sorry when he topped himself

Superior

(Ecclesiastical) The head of a religious community, such as a monastery, abbey, or convent.

Top

Mishit (the ball or a stroke) by hitting above the centre of the ball
He topped his drive on the fifth hole
Sliced and topped shots

Superior

(Printing) A superior character, as the number 2 in x2.

Top

At the most
Some civil servant earning twenty-eight thousand a year, tops

Superior

Higher in rank, status, or quality.
Rebecca had always thought shorts were far superior to pants, as they didn't constantly make her legs itch.

Top

The uppermost part, point, surface, or end
Wrote on the top of the box.

Superior

Of high standard or quality.

Top

The part farthest from a given reference point
Took a jump shot from the top of the key.

Superior

Greater in size or power.

Top

The crown of the head
From top to toe.

Superior

Beyond the power or influence of; too great or firm to be subdued or affected by.

Top

The part of a plant, such as a rutabaga, that is above the ground.

Superior

Greater or better than average.

Top

Something, such as a lid or cap, that covers or forms an uppermost part.

Superior

Courageously or serenely indifferent (as to something painful or disheartening).

Top

A garment worn on the upper half of the body.

Superior

(typography) Printed in superscript.
A superior figure or letter

Top

(Nautical) A platform enclosing the head of the lower section of a mast of a square-rigged vessel, to which the topmast shrouds are attached.

Superior

Located above or out; higher in position.
The superior jaw; the superior part of an image

Top

The highest degree, pitch, or point; the peak, acme, or zenith
"It had come at a time when he was not feeling at the top of his form" (Anthony Powell).

Superior

Located above or higher, a direction that in humans corresponds to cephalad.

Top

The highest position or rank
At the top of his profession.

Superior

(botany) of a calyx Above the ovary; said of parts of the flower which, although normally below the ovary, adhere to it, and so appear to originate from its upper part.

Top

A person in this position.

Superior

(botany) of an ovary Above and free from the other floral organs.

Top

(Games) The highest card or cards in a suit or hand.

Superior

(botany) Belonging to the part of an axillary flower which is toward the main stem.

Top

The best part.

Superior

(botany) of the radicle Pointing toward the apex of the fruit.

Top

The earliest part or beginning
She played the piece again, from the top.

Superior

(taxonomy) More comprehensive.
A genus is superior to a species.

Top

(Baseball) The first half of an inning.

Superior

Affecting or assuming an air of superiority.

Top

A stroke that lands above the center of a ball, as in golf or tennis, giving it a forward spin.

Superior

(astronomy) of a planet Closer to the Earth than to the Sun.

Top

A forward spin on a ball resulting from such a stroke.

Superior

A person of higher rank or quality, especially a colleague in a higher position.

Top

(Slang) One who penetrates the other person or is the dominant partner in a sexual encounter or relationship.

Superior

The senior person in a monastic community.

Top

A toy having one end tapered to a point, allowing it to be spun, as by suddenly pulling a string wound around it.

Superior

The head of certain religious institutions and colleges.

Top

Situated at the top
The top shelf.

Superior

(printing) A superior letter, figure, or symbol.

Top

Of the highest degree, quality, rank, or amount
In top form.
The top ten bestsellers.

Superior

One who has made an original grant of heritable property to a tenant or vassal, on condition of a certain annual payment (feu duty) or of the performance of certain services.

Top

In a position of preeminence
The top historian in her department.

Superior

More elevated in place or position; higher; upper; as, the superior limb of the sun; the superior part of an image.

Top

To form, furnish with, or serve as a top
Topped the ice cream with jimmies.

Superior

Higher in rank or office; more exalted in dignity; as, a superior officer; a superior degree of nobility.

Top

To reach or go over the top of
The car topped the hill.

Superior

Higher or greater in excellence; surpassing others in the greatness, or value of any quality; greater in quality or degree; as, a man of superior merit; or of superior bravery.

Top

To exceed or surpass
The car's speed topped 80 miles an hour. Her performance really topped his.

Superior

Beyond the power or influence of; too great or firm to be subdued or affected by; - with to.
There is not in earth a spectacle more worthy than a great man superior to his sufferings.

Top

To be at the head of
She topped her class.

Superior

More comprehensive; as a term in classification; as, a genus is superior to a species.

Top

To remove the top or uppermost part from; crop
Topped the fruit trees.

Superior

Above the ovary; - said of parts of the flower which, although normally below the ovary, adhere to it, and so appear to originate from its upper part; also of an ovary when the other floral organs are plainly below it in position, and free from it.

Top

To strike the upper part of (a ball), giving it forward spin.

Superior

One who is above, or surpasses, another in rank, station, office, age, ability, or merit; one who surpasses in what is desirable; as, Addison has no superior as a writer of pure English.

Top

To make (a stroke) in this way.

Superior

The head of a monastery, convent, abbey, or the like.

Top

To make a finish, an end, or a conclusion.

Superior

One of greater rank or station or quality

Top

The highest or uppermost part of something.
His kite got caught at the top of the tree.

Superior

The head of a religious community

Top

(irrespective of present orientation) the part of something that is usually the top.
We flipped the machine onto its top.

Superior

A combatant who is able to defeat rivals

Top

The uppermost part of a page, picture, viewing screen, etc.
Further weather information can be found at the top of your television screen.
Headings appear at the tops of pages.

Superior

The largest freshwater lake in the world; the deepest of the Great Lakes

Top

A lid, cap or cover of a container.
Put a top on the toothpaste tube or it will go bad.

Superior

A town in northwest Wisconsin on Lake Superior across from Duluth

Top

A garment worn to cover the torso.
I bought this top as it matches my jeans.
I like this pyjama top.

Superior

A character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character

Top

A framework at the top of a ship's mast to which rigging is attached.

Superior

Of high or superior quality or performance;
Superior wisdom derived from experience
Superior math students

Top

(baseball) The first half of an inning, during which the home team fields and the visiting team bats.

Superior

Of or characteristic of high rank or importance;
A superior officer

Top

(archaic) The crown of the head, or the hair upon it; the head.

Superior

(sometimes followed by `to') not subject to or influenced by;
Overcome by a superior opponent
Trust magnates who felt themselves superior to law

Top

The near end of somewhere
The patio is at the top of my garden.
The shop is at the top of my street.

Superior

Written or printed above and to one side of another character

Top

A child’s spinning toy; a spinning top.
The boy was amazed at how long the top would spin.

Superior

Having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit;
Mars and Jupiter are the closest in of the superior planets

Top

(heading) Someone who is eminent.

Superior

Having a higher rank;
Superior officer

Top

(archaic) The chief person; the most prominent one.

Superior

(often followed by `to') above being affected or influenced by;
He is superior to fear
An ignited firework proceeds superior to circumstances until its blazing vitality fades

Top

The highest rank; the most honourable position; the utmost attainable place.
To be at the top of one's class, or at the top of the school

Top

(BDSM) A dominant partner in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.

Top

(gay slang) A man penetrating or with a preference for penetrating during homosexual intercourse.
I prefer being a top, and my boyfriend prefers being a bottom.

Top

Oral stimulation of the male member, a blowjob.

Top

(particle physics) A top quark.

Top

The utmost degree; the acme; the summit.

Top

(ropemaking) A plug, or conical block of wood, with longitudinal grooves on its surface, in which the strands of the rope slide in the process of twisting.

Top

(sound) Highest pitch or loudest volume.
She sang at the top of her voice.

Top

(wool manufacture) A bundle or ball of slivers of combed wool, from which the noils, or dust, have been taken out.

Top

(obsolete, except in one sense of phrase on top of) Eve; verge; point.

Top

The part of a cut gem between the girdle, or circumference, and the table, or flat upper surface.

Top

Topboots.

Top

A stroke on the top of the ball.

Top

A forward spin given to the ball by hitting it on or near the top; topspin

Top

(A table at which there is, or which has enough seats for) a group of a specified number of people eating at a restaurant.

Top

To cover on the top or with a top.
I like my ice cream topped with chocolate sauce.

Top

To excel, to surpass, to beat, to exceed.
Titanic was the most successful film ever until it was topped by another Cameron film, Avatar.

Top

To be in the lead, to be at number one position (of).
Celine Dion topped the UK music charts twice in the 1990s.

Top

To cut or remove the top (as of a tree)
I don't want to be bald, so just top my hair.
Top and tail the carrots.

Top

To commit suicide.
Depression causes many people to top themselves.

Top

To murder.

Top

(BDSM) To be the dominant partner in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
I used to be a slave, but I ended up topping.
Giving advice to the dominant partner on how to run the BDSM session is called "topping from the bottom".

Top

To anally penetrate in gay sex.

Top

(archaic) To rise aloft; to be eminent; to tower.
Topping passions

Top

(archaic) To excel; to rise above others.

Top

(nautical) To raise one end of (a yard, etc.), making it higher than the other.

Top

(dyeing) To cover with another dye.
To top aniline black with methyl violet to prevent greening

Top

To put a stiffening piece or back on (a saw blade).

Top

To arrange (fruit, etc.) with the best on top.

Top

(of a horse) To strike the top of (an obstacle) with the hind feet while jumping, so as to gain new impetus.

Top

To improve (domestic animals, especially sheep) by crossing certain individuals or breeds with other superior breeds.

Top

To cut, break, or otherwise take off the top of (a steel ingot) to remove unsound metal.

Top

(golf) To strike (the ball) above the centre; also, to make (a stroke, etc.) by hitting the ball in this way.

Top

Situated on the top of something.

Top

(informal) Best; of the highest quality or rank.
She's in the top dance school.

Top

(informal) Very good, of high quality, power, or rank.
He's a top lawyer.
That is a top car.

Top

Rated first.
She came top in her French exam.

Top

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.

Top

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

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,Now the top of heaven doth hold.

Top

The utmost degree; the acme; the summit.
The top of my ambition is to contribute to that work.

Top

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 roundAnd top of sovereignty.

Top

The chief person; the most prominent one.
Other . . . aspired to be the top of zealots.

Top

The crown of the head, or the hair upon it; the head.
All the stored vengeance of Heaven fallOn her ungrateful top !

Top

The head, or upper part, of a plant.
The buds . . . are called heads, or tops, as cabbageheads.

Top

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.

Top

A bundle or ball of slivers of comkbed wool, from which the noils, or dust, have been taken out.

Top

Eve; verge; point.

Top

The part of a cut gem between the girdle, or circumference, and the table, or flat upper surface.

Top

Top-boots.

Top

A stroke on the top of the ball.

Top

To rise aloft; to be eminent; to tower; as, lofty ridges and topping mountains.

Top

To predominate; as, topping passions.

Top

To excel; to rise above others.
But write thy, and top.

Top

To strike a ball above the center.

Top

To rise at one end, as a yard; - usually with up.

Top

To cover on the top; to tip; to cap; - chiefly used in the past participle.
Like moving mountains topped with snow.
A mountOf alabaster, topped with golden spires.

Top

To rise above; to excel; to outgo; to surpass.
Topping all others in boasting.
Edmund the base shall top the legitimate.

Top

To rise to the top of; to go over the top of.
But wind about till thou hast topped the hill.

Top

To take off the or upper part of; to crop.
Top your rose trees a little with your knife.

Top

To perform eminently, or better than before.
From endeavoring universally to top their parts, they will go universally beyond them.

Top

To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end becomes higher than the other.

Top

To cover with another dye; as, to top aniline black with methyl violet to prevent greening and crocking.

Top

To put a stiffening piece or back on (a saw blade).

Top

To arrange, as fruit, with the best on top.

Top

To strike the top of, as a wall, with the hind feet, in jumping, so as to gain new impetus; - said of a horse.

Top

To improve (domestic animals, esp. sheep) by crossing certain individuals or breeds with other superior.

Top

To raise one end of, as a yard, so that that end becomes higher than the other.

Top

To cut, break, or otherwise take off the top of (a steel ingot) to remove unsound metal.

Top

To strike (the ball) above the center; also, to make (as a stroke) by hitting the ball in this way.

Top

The upper part of anything;
The mower cuts off the tops of the grass
The title should be written at the top of the first page

Top

The highest or uppermost side of anything;
Put your books on top of the desk
Only the top side of the box was painted

Top

The top point of a mountain or hill;
The view from the peak was magnificent
They clambered to the summit of Monadnock

Top

The first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat;
A relief pitcher took over in the top of the fifth

Top

The highest level or degree attainable;
His landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty
The artist's gifts are at their acme
At the height of her career
The peak of perfection
Summer was at its peak
...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame
The summit of his ambition
So many highest superlatives achieved by man
At the top of his profession

Top

The greatest possible intensity;
He screamed at the top of his lungs

Top

Platform surrounding the head of a lower mast

Top

A conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin;
He got a bright red top and string for his birthday

Top

Covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container);
He removed the top of the carton
He couldn't get the top off of the bottle
Put the cover back on the kettle

Top

A garment (especially for women) that extends from the shoulders to the waist or hips;
He stared as she buttoned her top

Top

A canvas tent to house the audience at a circus performance;
He was afraid of a fire in the circus tent
They had the big top up in less than an hour

Top

Go beyond;
She exceeded our expectations
She topped her performance of last year

Top

Pass by, over, or under without making contact;
The balloon cleared the tree tops

Top

Be at the top of or constitute the top or highest point;
A star tops the Christmas Tree

Top

Be ahead of others; be the first;
She topped her class every year

Top

Provide with a top;
The towers were topped with conical roofs

Top

Reach or ascend the top of;
The hikers topped the mountain just before noon

Top

Strike (the top part of a ball in golf, baseball, or pool) giving it a forward spin

Top

Cut the top off;
Top trees and bushes

Top

Be the culminating event;
The speech crowned the meeting

Top

Finish up or conclude;
They topped off their dinner with a cognac
Top the evening with champagne

Top

Situated at the top or highest position;
The top shelf
Side fences
The side porch

Top

Not to be surpassed;
His top effort

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