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hierarchy


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hierarchy  \Hi"er*arch`y\,  n.;  pl  {Hierarchies}.  [Gr.  ?:  cf  F. 
  hi['e]rarchie.] 
  1.  Dominion  or  authority  in  sacred  things 
 
  2.  A  body  of  officials  disposed  organically  in  ranks  and 
  orders  each  subordinate  to  the  one  above  it  a  body  of 
  ecclesiastical  rulers. 
 
  3.  A  form  of  government  administered  in  the  church  by 
  patriarchs,  metropolitans,  archbishops,  bishops,  and  in 
  an  inferior  degree,  by  priests.  --Shipley. 
 
  4.  A  rank  or  order  of  holy  beings. 
 
  Standards  and  gonfalons  .  .  .  for  distinction  serve 
  Of  hierarchies,  of  orders  and  degrees.  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hierarchy 
  n  1:  a  series  of  ordered  groupings  of  people  or  things  within  a 
  system:  "put  honesty  first  in  her  hierarchy  of  values" 
  2:  the  organization  of  people  at  different  ranks  in  an 
  administrative  body  [syn:  {power  structure},  {pecking 
  order}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  hierarchy 
 
  An  organisation  with  few  things  or  one  thing  at  the  top  and 
  with  several  things  below  each  other  thing  An  inverted  tree 
  structure.  Examples  in  computing  include  a  directory 
  hierarchy  where  each  directory  may  contain  files  or  other 
  directories;  a  hierarchical  {network}  (see  {hierarchical 
  routing}),  a  {class  hierarchy}  in  {object-oriented 
  programming}. 
 
  (1994-10-11) 
 
 




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