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A top is a person "performing the action" (contrast with bottom - person receiving the action) in a BDSM scene.

The term top is not to be confused with Dom which is the person who "directs or controls the scene".

A male Dom might enjoy CaBT and tell a sub what they are to do to perform on them to give them pleasure. In this case the Top is the submissive (following the direction of the Dom who controls the scene) and the bottom is the Dom (receiving the sensations given of the top). This need not necessarily be in terms of strictly BDSM activities. A dominant may also enjoy bottoming for such things as a massage or valet service and ordering their submissive to top for such activities.