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top–down

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adjective \ˈtäp-ˈdau̇n\

Simple Definition of top–down

  • : controlled or directed from the highest levels

  • : starting with a general idea and having details gradually added

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of top–down

  1. 1 :  controlled, directed, or instituted from the top level <a top–down corporate structure>

  2. 2 :  proceeding by breaking large general aspects (as of a problem) into smaller more detailed constituents :  working from the general to the specific <top–down programming> <top–down design>

Origin and Etymology of top–down

from the phrase from the top down


First Known Use: 1941


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