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[uh-top] /əˈtɒp/
adjective, adverb
on or at the top.
on the top of:
atop the flagpole.
Origin of atop
1650-60; a-1 + top1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for atop
  • To create your own instant workspace anywhere, put a flat birch hollow-core door atop two adjustable sawhorses.
  • Sitting atop the narrow shelf above the sink, imperfect teacups make good holders for air plants.
  • Center the large pot atop the steel mesh and slide it down the tubing until it sits firmly on the mesh.
  • Current reality does appear to perch humans atop a planetary food chain.
  • atop the rostrum he would impugn his enemies, excite crowds to action and deflect his detractors' barbs.
  • Dozens of parents climb atop chairs or the step stools that many have brought to get an unobstructed view.
  • With the environment now high atop the public agenda, green jobs are more popular than ever.
  • Serve atop mashed potatoes for a satisfying comfort meal.
  • Then you'll come across two clumps of trees atop a hill.
  • The new craft's body was constructed around a rotor, which allowed the replica to be manipulated atop a five-story-tall column.
British Dictionary definitions for atop


on top; at the top
on top of; at the top of
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for atop

1650s, from a- (1) + top. Two words or hyphenated at first; not fully established as one word till late 19c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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