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[bot-uh m-uhp] /ˈbɒt əmˈʌp/
of, relating to, or originating with the common people, nonprofessionals, or the lower ranks of an organization:
The five-day workweek was a bottom-up movement some business leaders and politicians finally supported. Unabridged
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  • Therefore, the design may be iterate in general no matter it's bottom-up or top-down.
  • Also, some people believe that a bottom-up flash yields softer, foxier lighting.
  • What makes these images useful is that they can't be perceived using bottom-up sensory processes.
  • He argues that the problem, if it exists, will be solved by bottom-up innovation in energy technologies.
  • Using clever fonts, making toner cartridges last longer and saving paper are all bottom-up ways to cut printing costs.
  • The best way to achieve this is to provide top-down not bottom-up regulation.
  • Networks, on the other hand, are bottom-up enterprises.
  • Policy makers always underestimate the power of the bottom-up quest for dignity, so they are slow to understand what is happening.
  • Emergent systems are bottom-up and top-down simultaneously.
British Dictionary definitions for bottom-up


from the lowest level of a hierarchy or process to the top: a bottom-up approach to corporate decision-making
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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