[ US /ˈtɑpˈdaʊn/ ]
  1. of an approach to a problem that begins at the highest conceptual level and works down to the details
    top-down programming
    a top-down analysis might begin by looking at macro-economic trends
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  • Thirty-eight states are opting for the top-down system.
  • When healthy subjects looked at the concave faces, connections strengthened between the frontoparietal network, which is involved in top-down processing, and the visual areas of the brain that receive information from the eyes. Multi Medium
  • The better approach is a combination of the top-down and the bottom-up approach.
  • It is important that a supercomputing roadmap be driven both top-down by application needs and bottom-up by technology barriers and that mission needs as well as science needs be incorporated.
  • Something to shout about: Due to Dharavi's prime location, Mumbai officials have created a top-down plan for developers to raze the slum and erect office towers and middle-class apartments.
  • Learn classic top-down computer network design with the second edition of the best-selling Cisco Press design book.
  • Nonetheless, conceptions of Australian science have largely remained bound by the top-down perspective assumed by the diffusionist model.
  • Even after Brotherhood youth helped oust former President Hosni Mubarak in a nearly three-week uprising in February, the 83-year-old organization has continued to operate as it always has, with what dissident members call a domineering, top-down leadership structure. Young Brothers Rebel in Egypt
  • Confucian society is patriarchic, at peace with top-down compliance. Tom Doctoroff: China's Communist Party: Not Losing Control
  • Its values emanated from the Scottish Kirk, which had thrown out the top-down hierarchy of the Catholic Church and replaced it with governing councils made up of ordinary citizens.
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