Definitions for hierarchyˈhaɪ əˌrɑr ki, ˈhaɪ rɑr-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hierarchy(noun)

    a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system

    "put honesty first in her hierarchy of values"

  2. hierarchy, power structure, pecking order(noun)

    the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body


  1. Hierarchy(n.)

    (Math., Logic, Computers) Any group of objects ranked so that every one but the topmost is subordinate to a specified one above it; also, the entire set of ordering relations between such objects. The ordering relation between each object and the one above is called a hierarchical relation. Classification schemes, as in biology, usually form hierarchies.

  2. Origin: [Gr. 'ierarchi`a: cf. F. hirarchie.]


  1. hierarchy(Noun)

    A body of authoritative officials organized in nested ranks.

  2. hierarchy(Noun)

    Any group of objects ranked so that every one but the topmost is subordinate to a specified one above it.

  3. Origin: From ierarchie from hierarchia, from ἱεραρχία, from ἱεράρχης, from ἱερεύς and ἀρχή. Compare hiérarchie.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hierarchy(noun)

    dominion or authority in sacred things

  2. Hierarchy(noun)

    a body of officials disposed organically in ranks and orders each subordinate to the one above it; a body of ecclesiastical rulers

  3. Hierarchy(noun)

    a form of government administered in the church by patriarchs, metropolitans, archbishops, bishops, and, in an inferior degree, by priests

  4. Hierarchy(noun)

    a rank or order of holy beings

  5. Origin: [Gr. 'ierarchi`a: cf. F. hirarchie.]


  1. Hierarchy

    A hierarchy is an arrangement of items in which the items are represented as being "above," "below," or "at the same level as" one another. Abstractly, a hierarchy can be modelled mathematically as a rooted tree: the root of the tree forms the top level, and the children of a given vertex are at the same level, below their common parent. A hierarchy can link entities either directly or indirectly, and either vertically or horizontally. 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. Indirect hierarchical links can extend "vertically" upwards or downwards via multiple links in the same direction, following a path. All parts of the hierarchy which 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 complimentary to hierarchy. Heterarchy is one such form.

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