hierarchical hierarchical  /ˌhaɪ ˈrɑr kə kəl/


  • (adj) classified according to various criteria into successive levels or layers



  1. Traditionally a province of the right, it speaks to the nostalgia of some French for the more rigorous, hierarchical society of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
  2. Religion and the Polish past: When national and state structures were lacking, society, for the most part Catholic, found support in the hierarchical order of the church.
  3. There's no doubt that e-mail flattens the hierarchical structure of an organization.


  1. Wired Space Photo of the Day: Bubbles Within Bubbles

    This infrared image shows a striking example of what is called a hierarchical bubble structure, in which one giant bubble, carved into the dust of space by massive stars, has triggered the formation of smaller bubbles. The large bubble takes ...        
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Wired News

  2. New Samplify APAX Storage Library Accelerates Disk Throughput and Expands Storage Capacity for HPC, Big Data, and ...

    CAMPBELL, Calif. , June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Samplify, the leading intellectual property company for accelerating memory, storage, and I/O bottlenecks in computing, consumer electronics and mobile devices, announces the availability of its APAX HDF ( Hierarchical Data Format ) Storage Library for high-performance computing (HPC), Big Data, and cloud computing applications.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Linux

  3. New Parasoft API Testing Solution Ensures the Integrity of APIs and API-Driven Applications

    New Parasoft Release Features Advanced Support for Mainframes, Hierarchical Data, Custom Message Formats. (PRWeb June 11, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10822589.htm
    on June 12, 2013     Source: PRWeb


  1. "It will be really interesting to see how that plays out. The organization is a lot more networked than it is ruthlessly hierarchical," Hayden said of the group behind the 9/11 attacks on the US "How do you pick the next overall leader?"
    on Mar 2, 2005 By: Michael Hayden Source: Newsday

  2. "I call upon you to recede from this direction and to lead your diocese on a new course that recognizes the interdependent and hierarchical relationship between the national Church and its dioceses and parishes," Bishop Jefferts Schori wrote,...
    on Oct 31, 2007 By: Katharine Jefferts Schori Source: Living Church Foundation

  3. "Everybody used to think only complex, hierarchical civilisations could build such monumental sites, and that they only came about with the invention of agriculture", said Ian Hodder, a Stanford University professor of anthropology who has...
    on Apr 22, 2008 By: Ian Hodder Source: guardian.co.uk

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