• WordNet 3.6
    • n hierarchy the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
    • n hierarchy a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system "put honesty first in her hierarchy of values"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hierarchy A body of officials disposed organically in ranks and orders each subordinate to the one above it; a body of ecclesiastical rulers.
    • Hierarchy A form of government administered in the church by patriarchs, metropolitans, archbishops, bishops, and, in an inferior degree, by priests.
    • Hierarchy A rank or order of holy beings. "Standards and gonfalons . . . for distinction serve
      Of hierarchies , of orders, and degrees."
    • Hierarchy (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.
    • Hierarchy Dominion or authority in sacred things.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hierarchy The power or dominion of a hierarch; hallowed or consecrated authority in what concerns religious order or government.
    • n hierarchy Government by ecclesiastical rulers; an ecclesiastical or priestly form of government. —
    • n hierarchy An order of holy beings regarded as employed in divine government.
    • n hierarchy A body of persons organized in ranks and orders for the exercise of rule oversacred things; hence, an organized body of ecclesiastics intrusted with government of either church or state; also, a similarly organized body of officials in other systems of government: as, the Roman Catholic hierarchy.
    • n hierarchy In science, a series of successive terms of different rank. The terms kingdom, order, suborder, family, genus, and species constitute a hierarchy in zoölogy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hierarchy rule in sacred matters: persons that so rule: the body of the clergy: a government by priests: a series of successive terms of different rank
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  • Walter Benjamin
    “Experience has taught me that the shallowest of communist platitudes contains more of a hierarchy of meaning than contemporary bourgeois profundity.”
  • C. Wright Mills
    C. Wright Mills
    “In the world of the celebrity, the hierarchy of publicity has replaced the hierarchy of descent and even of great wealth.”
  • Laurence J. Peter
    “In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.”
  • Andrea Dworkin
    “Sexism is the foundation on which all tyranny is built. Every social form of hierarchy and abuse is modeled on male-over-female domination.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. 'ierarchi`a: cf. F. hiérarchie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. hierarchēshieros, sacred, archein, to rule.


In literature:

Colonel Midan Ibrahim was too low in the Arab Union hierarchy to be in on such privy matters.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Of this hierarchy was William Fitzhugh.
"Seaport in Virginia" by Gay Montague Moore
He established the Hierarchy like the Hierarchies above and according to the concealed order.
"The Gnôsis of the Light" by F. Lamplugh
They're Uppers, part of the ruling hierarchy.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The spirit of envy is undermining the social hierarchy in every country.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
These are distributed at certain periods among the Lamas, according to their rank in the hierarchy.
"The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 3, March, 1852" by Various
He was the head of a whole hierarchy of angels who called themselves ship's officers.
"A Journal of Impressions in Belgium" by May Sinclair
It is the natural outgrowth of the teachings of a society, which is controlled by the hierarchy of competition.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
Ay, and you scaled the sky and created for me the hierarchy of heaven.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
The hierarchy which centres in the pope constitutes the Church of which the sacramental system is the inner life and penance is the sanction.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various

In poetry:

Night opens wide the burning Macrocosm,-
And heaven's hierarchies come into view
Lo, the spirit sings, and the elements dance
Interwoven with snaky locks of starlight.
"Heaven Above, Heaven Below" by Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov

In news:

Yahoo is adding a new director and parting ways with two other board members in the latest shake-up of the Internet company's hierarchy.
Plug gages are among the least complicated on the hierarchy of gages .
Popular young adult fiction is dominated by fantasy and tales that trade in the tropes of high school hierarchy and unrequited love.
Here is the hierarchy of income that underlies the conversation.
Where the 1 Percent Fit in the Hierarchy of Income.
Machine guarding and the hierarchy of measures for hazard mitigation.
Upsetting the Rugby Hierarchy .
When the news broke this morning that former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty was endorsing former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, one question was at the top of everyone's mind: Where does this fit into the Fix's Endorsement Hierarchy .
Contemporary research on the importance of hierarchy appears divided, a recent study by researchers, at Berkeley, suggests that the impact of steeper hierarchies is mixed.
's top leaders cross Catholic hierarchy on gay marriage.
Hierarchy reorganized for next year.
The Social Hierarchy of Preschoolers.
Diabetes In My Hierarchy of Needs.
UCF, USF work to change state's football hierarchy .
The Hierarchy of Defensive Firearms Training.

In science:

So, our missing VEV solution to the gauge hierarchy problem leads in fact to a similar hierarchy of baryon vs lepton number violation.
From Prototype SU(5) to Realistic SU(7) SUSY GUT
So, a missing VEV solution to the gauge hierarchy problem leads in fact to a similar hierarchy of baryon vs lepton number violation.
From Prototype SU(5) to Realistic SU(7) SUSY GUT
Pfaff-KP hierarchy (3.2.11), different from the usual KP hierarchy, because of the presence of a right hand side.
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations
In a wider sense the quasiclassical hierarchies are applicable, say, to the description of the Seiberg-Witten theory: the prepotential F is logarithm of the tau-function of some nontrivial solution to quasiclassical hierarchy.
String Theory or Field Theory?
It is well known that a solution of dToda hierarchy will give a solution of dKP hierarchy ([TT95]).
On dispersionless coupled modified KP hierarchy