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toy with a tapering point on which it can be made to spin. Tops were known in antiquity and appeared in Europe during the Middle Ages; they are used today in many different regions of the world by both primitive and advanced societies. The principle of its motion is utilized in the gyroscopegyroscope
, symmetrical mass, usually a wheel, mounted so that it can spin about an axis in any direction. When spinning, the gyroscope has special properties. Many spinning objects exhibit some of these properties; the rotation of the earth about its axis gives it the
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A rigid body, one point of which is held fixed in an inertial reference frame, and which usually has an axis of symmetry passing through this point; its motion is usually studied when it is spinning rapidly about the axis of symmetry.
(particle physics)
The new quantum number associated with the top quark. Also known as truth.
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top

1. short for top gear
2. Cards the highest card of a suit in a player's hand
3. a platform around the head of a lower mast of a sailing vessel, the edges of which serve to extend the topmast shrouds
4. Chem the part of a volatile liquid mixture that distils first
5. the high-frequency content of an audio signal

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(Technical Office Protocol) A communications protocol for office systems developed in the early 1980s by the Computer Services division of Boeing in Seattle, WA. It is often used in conjunction with MAP, the factory automation protocol developed by GM. TOP is used in the front office, and MAP is used on the factory floor. TOP uses the CSMA/CD access method (Ethernet), while MAP uses token bus.
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'Spinning Top,' underneath all the ambition, tugs at your heartstrings as it explores the inner turmoil we fear.
Figure 2 shows a spinning top in which the center of gravity is situated beneath the support point of the spinning top.
In other words, rather than being part of a different circle with other elements, mission is a spinning top surrounded with the many other aspects of mission; worship is the axis of that spinning top.
''Martin is a big inspiration for me and Robyn is somebody I feel somewhat akin to, being a slightly awkward English folk/psychedelic kind of obsessive.'' The Spinning Top is a musical story of a man's journey from birth to death, although Graham does not want to emphasise the concept angle.
It's just a bunch of songs really.'' With The Spinning Top soon to be consigned to history, as far as live performances are concerned, Coxon is looking forward to starting a new project.
But at least we will know that we are not fighting for an impossible objective that can only result in blood and devastation -- blood and devastation that will weigh on the collective memories of the sons and grandsons of our neighbours, who will remain our enemies, even if the spinning top continues to turn.
''When I hung up my spinning top, my first holiday was in Scotland.
30 thanks to brisk sales of the BeyBlade, a modern version of the spinning top, and the e.kara television-connected karaoke machine.
In effect, the Earth's poles wander slightly as the Earth spins, rather like a child's spinning top, creating an irregular circle three to 15 metres in diameter.
One of the new items is the Casino Roulette Wheel chip-and-dip, complete with a removable spinning top over the center dip section.
Producer Dominique Hue and director Teck Tan, who both epitomize the new generation of Malaysian filmmakers, are lensing "Spinning Gasing" (Spinning Top).
GOT7's "Keep Spinning" world tour is related to their upcoming album "Spinning Top: Between Security and Insecurity" that will be released on May 20.