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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Hierarchy \Hi"er*arch`y\ (h[imac]"[~e]r*[aum]rk`[y^]), n.; 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
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
Note: Classification schemes, as in biology, usually form
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