Definitions for syntaxˈsɪn tæks

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

syn•taxˈsɪn tæks(n.)

  1. the study of the patterns of formation of sentences and phrases from words and of the rules for the formation of grammatical sentences in a language. the patterns or rules so studied:

    English syntax.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  2. the study of the well-formed formulas of a logical system. the set of rules that generate such a system.

    Category: Philosphy

  3. Computers.the grammatical rules and structural patterns governing the ordered use of appropriate words and symbols for issuing commands, writing code, etc., in a particular software application or programming language.

    Category: Computers

Origin of syntax:

1565–75; short for earlier syntaxis < LL < Gk sýntaxis an arranging in order =syntag- (base of syntássein; see syntactic ) +-sis -sis

Princeton's WordNet

  1. syntax, sentence structure, phrase structure(noun)

    the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences

  2. syntax(noun)

    a systematic orderly arrangement

  3. syntax(noun)

    studies of the rules for forming admissible sentences


  1. syntax(Noun)

    A set of rules that govern how words are combined to form phrases and sentences.

  2. syntax(Noun)

    The formal rules of formulating the statements of a computer language.

  3. syntax(Noun)

    The study of the structure of phrases, sentences and language.

  4. Origin: σύνταξις, from σύν + τάξις, from τάσσω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Syntax(noun)

    connected system or order; union of things; a number of things jointed together; organism

  2. Syntax(noun)

    that part of grammar which treats of the construction of sentences; the due arrangement of words in sentences in their necessary relations, according to established usage in any language


  1. Syntax

    In linguistics, syntax is "the study of the principles and processes by which sentences are constructed in particular languages". In addition to referring to the overarching discipline, the term syntax is also used to refer directly to the rules and principles that govern the sentence structure of any individual language, for example in "the syntax of Modern Irish." Modern research in syntax attempts to describe languages in terms of such rules. Many professionals in this discipline attempt to find general rules that apply to all natural languages. The term syntax is also used to refer to the rules governing the behavior of mathematical systems, such as formal languages used in logic..

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(the rules for) the correct arrangement of words in a sentence.

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