from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The study of the rules whereby words or other elements of sentence structure are combined to form grammatical sentences.
- n. A publication, such as a book, that presents such rules.
- n. The pattern of formation of sentences or phrases in a language.
- n. Such a pattern in a particular sentence or discourse.
- n. Computer Science The rules governing the formation of statements in a programming language.
- n. A systematic, orderly arrangement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A set of rules that govern how words are combined to form phrases and sentences.
- n. The formal rules of formulating the statements of a computer language.
- n. The study of the structure of phrases, sentences and language.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Connected system or order; union of things; a number of things jointed together; organism.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Connected system or order; union of things.
- n. In grammar, the construction of sentences; the due forming and arrangement of words or members of sentences in their mutual relations according to established usage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences
- n. studies of the rules for forming admissible sentences
- n. a systematic orderly arrangement
French syntaxe, from Late Latin syntaxis, from Greek suntaxis, from suntassein, to put in order : sun-, syn- + tassein, tag-, to arrange.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek σύνταξις (suntaksis), from σύν (sun, "together") + τάξις (taksis, "arrangement"), from τάσσω (tassō, "I arrange"). (Wiktionary)