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Tope \Tope\, n. [Tamil t[=o]ppu.] A grove or clump of trees; as, a toddy tope. [India]


Tope \Tope\ (t[=o]p), n. [Probably from Skr. st[=u]pa a tope, a stupa, through Prakrit th[=u]po.] A moundlike Buddhist sepulcher, or memorial monument, often erected over a Buddhist relic.


Tope \Tope\, n.

  1. (Zo["o]l.) A small shark or dogfish ( Galeorhinus galeus syn. Galeus galeus), native of Europe, but found also on the coasts of California and Tasmania; -- called also toper, oil shark, miller's dog, and penny dog.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) The wren. [Prov. Eng.]


Tope \Tope\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Toped (t[=o]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. Toping.] [F. t[^o]per to cover a stake in playing at dice, to accept an offer, t[^o]pe agreed!; -- perhaps imitative of the sound of striking hands on concluding a bargain. From being used in English as a drinking term, probably at first in accepting a toast.] To drink hard or frequently; to drink strong or spiritous liquors to excess.

If you tope in form, and treat.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to drink heavily," 1650s, of unknown origin, perhaps ultimately from Italian toppa "done!" a word signifying acceptance of a bet.


Etymology 1 vb. (lb en archaic) To drink excessively; to get drunk. Etymology 2

n. A small, grey, European shark, ''Galeorhinus galeus'', that has rough skin and a long snout. Etymology 3

n. (lb en India) A grove of trees. Etymology 4

n. A mound-like Buddhist sepulchre, or memorial monument, often erected over a relic; a stup


v. drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic; "The husband drinks and beats his wife" [syn: drink]


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Usage examples of "tope".

The other was short and fleshy, poised between youthful plumpness and middle-aged corpulence, with puddingy features set in a smirking face, the high colour of which suggested a toping disposition.

In the lower they apparelled them selves, and in the higher rowme they played, beinge all open on the tope, that all behoulders might heare and see them.

His eye ran over the toping countrymen, and then fell on Nanty and Bob.

The full moon had just risen above a tope of tamarind trees, and its silvern radiance revealed every detail of the scene.

Rameses, to whom intoxication was unknown, and who avoided the banquets of his associates--now sat at the midnight hours, alone at his table, and toped till his weary head grew heavy.

I suppose the tope of the two fathers who became Pratyeka Buddhas had been built like the one commemorating the laying down of weapons after Buddha had told his disciples of the strange events in the past.

In the individual, toping is regarded with disesteem, but toping nations are in the forefront of civilization and power.

There are several topes now in the Indian Institute at Oxford, brought from Buddha Gaya, but the largest of them is much smaller than "the smallest" of those of Khoten.

It seemed that Tantia Tope had suddenly hove in sight with a rebel army twenty thousand strong, to try to relieve Jhansi.

Right against and overshadowing the house was an enormous pine, the tope of which we had seen through a glass for the last two days, but of course without knowing that it marked the site of the mission station.

At the place where the bhikshuni Utpala was the first to do reverence to Buddha, a tope has now been built.

Raff, his broken ribs toped and padded, loaded twenty men in each bus, and started off with them down the road.

In a note on the first page of his work on the Bhilsa Topes (1854), General Cunningham says: "The Christians number about 270 millions.

Of all the topes and temples which (the travellers) saw in their journeyings, there was not one comparable to this in solemn beauty and majestic grandeur.

At all these places topes were subsequently erected, which are still existing in the city.