2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hierarchy \Hi"er*arch'y\ (h[imac]"[~e]r*[aum]rk'[y^]), noun; pl. {Hierarchies} (h[imac]"[~e]r*[aum]rk'[i^]z). [Gr. 'ierarchi'a: 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.

5. (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.

Note: Classification schemes, as in biology, usually form hierarchies. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



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: {hierarchy}, {power structure}, {pecking order}]

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