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definition of the word atop

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  1. On the top of.
    He sat atop the mountain, waiting for the end of the world.
    • 1966, The Minnesota Review, vol. 6, page 242
      A virtue is made out of a necessity, with the child feeling far more atop and master of his oddness, his behavior now deliberate or even clever.
    • 2006, Dewey Lambdin, The Gun Ketch, page 48
      "And other things," she echoed, nodding slowly and resting her body a little more atop him again.
  2. On the top, with "of".

"Atop of" was formerly much more commonly used than now.

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  1. (literary or archaic) On, to, or at the top.
    • 1909, William Dean Howells, Seven English Cities, Kessinger Publishing 2004, p. 46:
      He has a handsome face, still bearded in the midst of a mostly clean-shaving nation, and with the white hairs prevalent on the cheeks and temples; his head is bald atop, though hardly from the uneasiness of wearing a crown.
    • 1978, James C. Humes, Speaker's Treasury of Anecdotes About the Famous, Harper & Row 1978, p. 102:
      The envoy found the French king playing the part of horse while his young son rode atop.


  1. roof
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