top-down

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top-down (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to a hierarchical system that progresses from a single, large basic unit to multiple, smaller subunits.
  2. Produced, controlled, or directed by those at the top of the hierarchy.
    • 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, DOI:10.1080/01434632.2019.1596115, page 6:
      Overall the signage at NIE has the appearance being a top-down artefact driven by institutional policy with English set as the default language.
  3. (video games) having an aerial view
    a top-down shooter

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