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top-down

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adjective Computers.
  1. See under structured programming.

Origin of top-down

First recorded in 1960–65

structured programming

noun Computers.
  1. the design and coding of programs by a methodology (top-down) that successively breaks problems into smaller, nested subunits.

Origin of structured programming

First recorded in 1970–75
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top-down

adjective
  1. controlled, directed, or organized from the top
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