What does syntax mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term syntax:

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

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


  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

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