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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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(mechanics)
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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Deputy Mayor Janet Sanz also echoed this sentiment, explaining that the practice of women going topless in swimming pools has never been prohibited.
The measure failed but not before an ugly online dispute in which several male legislators were criticized for sexist remarks, including one who suggested men should be allowed to grab the breast of topless women.
When the Express paid a visit to Barshaw Park yesterday, there was plenty of support for the topless sunbather.
Baboun said that activists from the Femen group will visit the Palestinian territories next month to organize topless protests on December 24, and that will coincide with the Christmas celebrations.
In June this year the feminist group Femen went topless when targeting the Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Larayedh outside the EU Commission in Brussels.
Worldwide, 33% of beachgoers "would never" go topless or nude at the beach.
Topless Jihad Day: 'Our Tits Are Deadlier Than Your Stones' Femen activists have declared 4 April "topless jihad day" as a gesture of support for a Tunisian woman who was threatened with death by stoning for baring her breasts online
Friend Ryan Collins, 25 and a chef from Heaton, said: "It's pretty disgusting that people feel the need to publish pictures of anyone being topless.
"If a girl was sunbathing topless in Victoria Square and nobody was worried then there wouldn't be a problem," he said.
And, true to gimmick-garnering form, she has tried goading surfers into giving reactions with a poser: "Is this too much?" It's not yet clear if Mallika's topless avatar is part of the publicity material of Hisss or the mere handiwork of a netizen.
TWO betting syndicates had nearly pounds 200,000 apiece snatched from their grasp in the most extraordinary circumstances yesterday when Topless unshipped jockey James Davies just yards from the winning post at Taunton.
in Windham that had been eyed as the site of a high-end topless club.