Definition of topmost in US English:



  • 1Highest in physical position; highest.

    ‘we watched a squirrel negotiate the topmost branches of a nearby tree’
    ‘the topmost part of the atmosphere of these planets’
    • ‘Its location on the topmost floor of the Metro Centre should symbolically put the centre on top of council affairs.’
    • ‘Indeed, photosynthesis in the topmost leaves, at about 360 feet, scarcely occurs at all.’
    • ‘The banyan tree stood above all, its topmost branch trying to reach out to the sky.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, a stapled set of pages are shown just by the miniature of the one page which happens to be the topmost in the pile.’
    • ‘This one limits itself entirely to the topmost tier.’
    • ‘The olive trees on the topmost terrace look tousled; the silver undersides of their leaves are far more visible than usual.’
    • ‘Resting there, and holding on to the topmost pinnacle with his left hand, he drives his sword in three or four times, repeatedly.’
    • ‘Those cues continue inside, right up to the exposed roof trusses on the topmost floor.’
    • ‘Our campfire we put on the topmost ridge, giving us an expansive, heart-lifting view toward the west.’
    • ‘Each atoll is the topmost point of a submarine pillar of limestone extending several thousand feet from an extinct volcano.’
    • ‘Racing to the Ferris wheel, Pete glanced up at the topmost cage.’
    • ‘We can study only the topmost part of the atmosphere of these planets directly.’
    • ‘Circulation is from the top downwards, with visitors transported up through the atrium in a bank of lifts to the starting point of the exhibition route on the topmost floor.’
    • ‘He could see the walled orchard, the sun glinting on the topmost leaves of the apple trees.’
    • ‘The topmost cave appears to have entombed high-ranking individuals.’
    • ‘He thus followed her one dark Saturday night to the topmost tower of their castle.’
    • ‘The choicest and strongest tea is made of the topmost and tenderest buds of the plant.’
    • ‘Dark clouds were already piling in the north, and wind was beginning to whip the topmost branches of the trees by the barn.’
    • ‘The flood apparently started when someone used excessive force to flush a shared toilet on the fourth and topmost floor of the building.’
    • ‘The topmost level contains facilities for doctors on call.’
    highest, top, uppermost, upmost, upper, furthest up, loftiest
    foremost, leading, principal, pre-eminent, greatest, top, finest, worthiest, highest, elite
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    1. 1.1 Highest in status or importance; foremost.
      ‘the rider's safety must be the topmost priority’
      • ‘It was confirmation that we were moving, which was my topmost fear.’
      • ‘In connection with riders, motorcycle boots are their topmost choice.’
      • ‘These four topmost secrets in page layout are so crucial that to break them may spell disaster or the end of your precious site.’
      • ‘The ever-worsening economic situation is certainly regarded as the topmost among many factors that have caused the administration to rapidly lose public support and confidence.’
      • ‘Education is one of the topmost tools that can be effective in the prevention of child labour.’
      • ‘The role of Abby is considered the topmost role in American theater for any actress.’
      • ‘Brahma, the topmost material entity, has a life span equal to the life of the universe.’
      • ‘This works well if the topmost countries can create new industries and products.’
      • ‘Nobody denies that the topmost task of the Labor Ministry is to serve the interest of workers.’
      • ‘The desire to help treat his 4-year-old son became his topmost priority, such that he sacrificed everything and went to the hospital for the blood transfusion.’
      • ‘He said providing education to physically challenged children was our topmost priority.’
      • ‘Her topmost priority is to incorporate practical aspects connected with all-round personality development at the school-level, in her institution.’
      • ‘First and foremost, the leadership of the Pentagon needs to get to the bottom of this and indicate that it's their topmost priority.’
      • ‘Nor was this confined only to the topmost echelons of society at Rome itself.’
      • ‘This is the first election after that and the security of the U.S. and of American citizens is a topmost concern.’
      • ‘Cephalopods were among the most highly developed animals and the topmost predators in the free water column during long intervals of the Paleozoic.’
      • ‘I would also suggest a connection-it is no accident that child poverty is not topmost on the Washington agenda.’
      • ‘One of the most admired castles, it is a symbol of the topmost defence creation by medieval man.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, at a time when health care organizations are under intense pressure to do more with less, employee morale is one of management's topmost concerns.’
      • ‘Among those infected were several scions of the topmost aristocracy who were being educated abroad.’
      foremost, leading, principal, pre-eminent, greatest, top, finest, worthiest, highest, elite
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