American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To break (a sentence) down into its component parts of speech with an explanation of the form, function, and syntactical relationship of each part.
- v. To describe (a word) by stating its part of speech, form, and syntactical relationships in a sentence.
- v. To examine closely or subject to detailed analysis, especially by breaking up into components: "What are we missing by parsing the behavior of chimpanzees into the conventional categories recognized largely from our own behavior?” ( Stephen Jay Gould).
- v. To make sense of; comprehend: I simply couldn't parse what you just said.
- v. Computer Science To analyze or separate (input, for example) into more easily processed components.
- v. To admit of being parsed: sentences that do not parse easily.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In grammar, to describe grammatically by telling the part of speech of, as a word, or of each word in, as a sentence, defining and describing its grammatical form, and showing its relation to the other words in the sentence; resolve, as a sentence, into its grammatical parts: as, to parse a line in Virgil.
- An obsolete form of pierce.
- v. linguistics To resolve into its elements, as a sentence, pointing out the several parts of speech, and their relation to each other by government or agreement; to analyze and describe grammatically.
- v. computing To split a file or other input into bits of data that can be easily stored or manipulated.
- n. linguistics, computing A successful act of parsing.
- n. linguistics, computing The result of such an act.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Gram.) To resolve into its elements, as a sentence, pointing out the several parts of speech, and their relation to each other by government or agreement; to analyze and describe grammatically.
- v. analyze syntactically by assigning a constituent structure to (a sentence)
- From Middle English pars, from Old French pars (plural of part), from Latin pars. (Wiktionary)
- Probably from Middle English pars, part of speech, from Latin pars (ōrātiōnis), part (of speech); see perə-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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