Meaning – The term hierarchy refers to the organizational structure in which items or personnel are arranged in increasing order of importance.

In the context of computing, the term hierarchy refers to the organizational structure for file placement. This allows users to successfully browse through the contents of the computer and successfully access it, thanks to the hierarchical structure of file management.

The hierarchy also comes in handy when the user s operating a command-based OS and in order to access a specific file on the computer, he needs to enter the whole path starting from the starting directory to the folder and then the file name.

Example of usage“Since he was using a command user interface on the computer, he needed to get well acquainted with the hierarchy within the system to understand where and how the file has been saved.”