from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Progressing from small or subordinate units to larger or more important units, as in an organization or process.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Computers) planning or building the smallest parts first. Opposite of top-down.

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  • adjective of, or relating to a hierarchical system that progresses from multiple, small subunits to a single, large basic unit

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of an approach to a problem that begins with details and works up to the highest conceptual level


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