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Definitions for syntax
ˈsɪn tækssyn·tax

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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

Wiktionary

  1. syntax(Noun)

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

    Etymology: σύνταξις, from σύν + τάξις, from τάσσω.

  2. syntax(Noun)

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

    Etymology: σύνταξις, from σύν + τάξις, from τάσσω.

  3. syntax(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [L. syntaxis, Gr. , fr. to put together in order; sy`n with + to put in order; cf. F. syntaxe. See Syn-, and Tactics.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. syntaxis, Gr. , fr. to put together in order; sy`n with + to put in order; cf. F. syntaxe. See Syn-, and Tactics.]

Freebase

  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..

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Syntax

    sin′taks, n. (gram.) the correct arrangement of words in sentences.—adjs. Syntac′tic, -al, pertaining to syntax: according to the rules of syntax.—adv. Syntac′tically. [Gr. syntaxissyn, together, tassein, taxein, to put in order.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of syntax in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of syntax in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of syntax in a Sentence

  1. Raymond Chandler:

    Would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of bar-room vernacular, that is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed but attentive.

  2. Talmy Givón:

    Today's syntax is tomorrow's morphology

  3. John Simon:

    In the beginning was the word. But by the time the second word was added to it, there was trouble. For with it came syntax...

  4. Berkeley Vax/Unix Assembler Reference Manual (1983):

    This document describes the usage and input syntax of the Unix Vax-11 assembler As. As is designed for assembling code produced by the "C" compiler; certain concessions have been made to handle code written directly by people, but in general little sympathy has been extended.

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