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 for hierarchy
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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A body of officials disposed organically in ranks and
        orders each subordinate to the one above it; a body of
        ecclesiastical rulers.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. A form of government administered in the church by
        patriarchs, metropolitans, archbishops, bishops, and, in
        an inferior degree, by priests. --Shipley.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. A rank or order of holy beings.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              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) :

  hierarchy
      n 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]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  193 Moby Thesaurus words for "hierarchy":
     absolute monarchy, aedileship, animal kingdom, archbishopric,
     archiepiscopacy, archiepiscopate, aristocracy, autarchy, autocracy,
     autonomy, bishopric, bureaucracy, caste, chain of being,
     chairmanship, chancellery, chancellorate, chancellorship, chiefery,
     chiefry, chieftaincy, chieftainry, chieftainship, class,
     class structure, coalition government, colonialism, commonwealth,
     condition, constitutional government, constitutional monarchy,
     consulate, consulship, continuity, deanery, degree, democracy,
     dictatorship, dictature, directorate, directorship, domain,
     dominion rule, duarchy, duumvirate, dyarchy, echelon, emirate,
     episcopacy, establishment, federal government, federation,
     feudal system, footing, garrison state, gerontocracy, governorship,
     gradation, headship, hegemony, heteronomy, hierocracy,
     higher echelons, higher-ups, home rule, kingdom, leadership,
     limited monarchy, lordship, magistracy, magistrateship,
     magistrature, management, martial law, masterdom, mastership,
     mastery, mayoralty, mayorship, meritocracy, metropolitanate,
     metropolitanship, militarism, military government, mineral kingdom,
     ministry, mob rule, mobocracy, monarchy, natural hierarchy,
     neocolonialism, nobility, ochlocracy, officialdom, oligarchy,
     order, pantisocracy, papacy, pashadom, pashalic, patriarchate,
     patriarchy, pecking order, place, police state, pontificality,
     pontificate, popedom, popehood, popeship, position,
     power structure, precedence, prefectship, prefecture, prelacy,
     premiership, presidency, presidentship, prime-ministership,
     prime-ministry, princedom, princeship, principality, proconsulate,
     proconsulship, protectorate, protectorship, provostry, provostship,
     pure democracy, pyramid, rank, rate, rating, realm, rectorate,
     rectorship, regency, regentship, representative democracy,
     representative government, republic, ruling class, ruling classes,
     seigniory, self-determination, self-government, seneschalship,
     seneschalsy, sequence, serial order, sheikhdom, sheriffalty,
     sheriffcy, sheriffdom, shrievalty, social democracy, sphere, stage,
     standing, station, status, stratocracy, subordination,
     supervisorship, suzerainship, suzerainty, technocracy,
     the Establishment, the administration, the authorities,
     the ingroup, the interests, the people upstairs, the power elite,
     the power structure, the top, thearchy, them, theocracy, they,
     top brass, totalitarian government, totalitarian regime, triarchy,
     tribunate, triumvirate, tyranny, vegetable kingdom, vizierate,
     viziership, welfare state
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  hierarchy
  
     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)
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  HIERARCHY, eccl. law. A hierarchy signified, originally, power of the 
  priest; for in the beginning of societies, the priests were entrusted with 
  all the power but, among the priests themselves, there were different 
  degrees of power and authority, at the summit of which was the sovereign 
  pontiff, and this was called the hierarchy. Now it signifies, not so much 
  the power of the priests as the border of power. 
  
  

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