hierarchy - meaning and definition. What is hierarchy
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What (who) is hierarchy - definition

Containment hierarchy; Hierarchy member; Hierarchical relationship; Immediate subordinate; Immediate superior; Rooted hierarchy; Subordinate; Hierachy; Hierarchical; Hierarchichal; Heirarchy; Hierarchically; Hierarchies; Heirarchical; Hierarchism; Hierarchal structure; Hierarchical structure; Hiearchy; Heiarchy; Social hierarchies; Nested hierarchy; Hierarchie; Subordinates; Overlapping hierarchy; Branching hierarchy; Linear hierarchy; Flat hierarchy; Nested heirarchies; Position of authority; Hierachical; Underling; Hierarchic; Subsumptive containment hierarchy; Compositional containment hierarchy
  • Career-oriented purposes can be diagrammed using a hierarchy describing how less important actions support a larger goal.
  • Maslow's hierarchy of human needs]]. This is an example of a hierarchy visualized with a triangle diagram.  The hierarchical aspect represented here is that needs at lower levels of the pyramid are considered more basic and must be fulfilled before higher ones are met.
  • tree]]. Diagrams like this exemplify [[organizational chart]]s.
  • sets]], the resulting ordering is a ''nested hierarchy''.

Ecclesiastical government, ecclesiastical establishment.
Body of ecclesiastical dignitaries.
Scale of succession in ecclesiastical rank, system of sacred gradation.
System of gradation (generally), order or succession of dignities.
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)
·noun A rank or order of holy beings.
II. Hierarchy ·noun Dominion or authority in sacred things.
III. Hierarchy ·noun A body of officials disposed organically in ranks and orders each subordinate to the one above it; a body of ecclesiastical rulers.
IV. Hierarchy ·noun A form of government administered in the church by patriarchs, metropolitans, archbishops, bishops, and, in an inferior degree, by priests.



A hierarchy (from Greek: ἱεραρχία, hierarkhia, 'rule of a high priest', from hierarkhes, 'president of sacred rites') is an arrangement of items (objects, names, values, categories, etc.) that are represented as being "above", "below", or "at the same level as" one another. Hierarchy is an important concept in a wide variety of fields, such as architecture, philosophy, design, mathematics, computer science, organizational theory, systems theory, systematic biology, and the social sciences (especially political science).

A hierarchy can link entities either directly or indirectly, and either vertically or diagonally. The only direct links in a hierarchy, insofar as they are hierarchical, are to one's immediate superior or to one of one's subordinates, although a system that is largely hierarchical can also incorporate alternative hierarchies. Hierarchical links can extend "vertically" upwards or downwards via multiple links in the same direction, following a path. All parts of the hierarchy that are not linked vertically to one another nevertheless can be "horizontally" linked through a path by traveling up the hierarchy to find a common direct or indirect superior, and then down again. This is akin to two co-workers or colleagues; each reports to a common superior, but they have the same relative amount of authority. Organizational forms exist that are both alternative and complementary to hierarchy. Heterarchy is one such form.

Pronunciation examples for hierarchy
1. hierarchy.
Robertson _ Talks at Google
2. financial hierarchy; there is no financial hierarchy.
0 _ Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen _ Talks at Google
3. is hierarchy.
The Evolution of Everything - How New Ideas Emerge _ Matt Ridley _ Talks at Google
4. No hierarchy.
Friend & Foe _ Adam Galinsky & Maurice Schweitzer _ Talks at Google
5. conceptual hierarchy.
How to Create a Mind _ Ray Kurzweil _ Talks at Google
Examples of use of hierarchy
1. However, does hierarchy necessarily mean bureaucracy?
2. Frustrated, the villagers tried higher up the hierarchy.
3. That does not mean the hierarchy is irrevocably opposed.
4. There is a hierarchy of lies, from white lies up.
5. The basic structure and hierarchy in planning are correct.