top–down

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adjective \ˈtäp-ˈdau̇n\

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


TOP–DOWN Defined for English Language Learners

top-down

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adjective

Definition of top–down for English Language Learners

  • : controlled or directed from the highest levels

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

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