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[top-doun] /ˈtɒpˈdaʊn/
adjective, Computers.
Origin of top-down

structured programming

noun, Computers.
the design and coding of programs by a methodology (top-down) that successively breaks problems into smaller, nested subunits.
1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for top-down
  • In a top-down system, this has created a bottleneck as people wait for a signal from above.
  • According to the president, poverty is reduced not from a top-down approach but from the bottom up.
  • Biologists define the series of top-down changes as a trophic cascade.
  • Air traffic, on the other hand, is already highly regulated by a top-down system of airport controllers.
  • They are becoming a top-down coalition of elite professionals and the dependent poor.
  • In many ways, then, it's a form of consulting within a top-down structure.
  • The government initially tried a top-down approach, she says.
  • Perhaps there is a well-directed balance between top-down emails taking care of business and no-holds-barred endless discussion.
  • The fact is today's students are growing up in a networked world and not a linear-controlled-top-down world.
  • Here that includes a lot of top-down direction and strong government support.
British Dictionary definitions for top-down


controlled, directed, or organized from the top
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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