top-down

adjective
\ ˈtäp-ˈdau̇n How to pronounce top-down (audio) \

Definition of top-down

1 : controlled, directed, or instituted from the top level a top-down corporate structure
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

First Known Use of top-down

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for top-down

from the phrase from the top down

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The first known use of top-down was in 1941

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“Top-down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/top-down. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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top-down

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of top-down

: controlled or directed from the highest levels
: starting with a general idea and having details gradually added

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