top-down

adjective \ ˈtäp-ˈdau̇n \

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

Origin and Etymology of top-down

from the phrase from the top down


TOP-DOWN Defined for English Language Learners

top-down

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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