top-down
adjective Etymology: from the phrase from the top down Date: 1941 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
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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