from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Progressing from small or subordinate units to a larger or more important unit, as in an organization.
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- adj. of, or relating to a hierarchical system that progresses from multiple, small subunits to a single, large basic unit
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. planning or building the smallest parts first. Opposite of
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- adj. of an approach to a problem that begins with details and works up to the highest conceptual level
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