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syntax

Syntax refers to the ways in which we order specific words to create logical, meaningful sentences. While the parts of speech are all the different types of words that we can use, syntax is the set of rules, patterns, or processes by which we can put them together.
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syn·tax

 (sĭn′tăks′)
n.
1.
a. The study of the rules whereby words or other elements of sentence structure are combined to form grammatical sentences.
b. A publication, such as a book, that presents such rules.
c. The pattern of formation of sentences or phrases in a language.
d. Such a pattern in a particular sentence or discourse.
2. Computers The rules governing the formation of statements in a programming language.
3. 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.]

syntax

(ˈsɪntæks)
n
1. (Linguistics) the branch of linguistics that deals with the grammatical arrangement of words and morphemes in the sentences of a language or of languages in general
2. (Linguistics) the totality of facts about the grammatical arrangement of words in a language
3. (Linguistics) a systematic statement of the rules governing the grammatical arrangement of words and morphemes in a language
4. (Logic) logic a systematic statement of the rules governing the properly formed formulas of a logical system
5. any orderly arrangement or system
[C17: from Late Latin syntaxis, from Greek suntaxis, from suntassein to put in order, from syn- + tassein to arrange]

syn•tax

(ˈsɪn tæks)

n.
1.
a. 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.
b. the patterns or rules so studied: English syntax.
2.
a. the study of the well-formed formulas of a logical system.
b. the set of rules that generate such a system.
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.
[1565–75; short for earlier syntaxis < Late Latin < Greek sýntaxis an arranging in order =syntag- (base of syntássein; see syntactic) + -sis -sis]

syntax

the grammatical principles by which words are used in phrases and sentences to construct meaningful combinations. — syntactic, syntactical, adj.
See also: Grammar
the study of the principles by which words are used in phrases and sentences to construct meaningful combinations. — syntactic, syntactical, adj.
See also: Linguistics

Syntax

 a connected system or order; a union of things.
Examples: syntax of being, 1661; of phantasy or imagination, 1676.

syntax

The way in which sentences are grammatically constructed, or the branch of linguistics that studies this.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.syntax - the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences
structure - the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations; "his lectures have no structure"
linguistics - the scientific study of language
2.syntax - a systematic orderly arrangement
system, scheme - a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole; "a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going"
3.syntax - studies of the rules for forming admissible sentences
linguistics - the scientific study of language
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
generative grammar - (linguistics) a type of grammar that describes syntax in terms of a set of logical rules that can generate all and only the infinite number of grammatical sentences in a language and assigns them all the correct structural description
Translations
عِلْم النَّحو
sintaxi
skladbasyntaxsyntaxe
syntaks
lauseoppisyntaksi
sintaksaskladnja
mondattan
setningafræîi
sintaksė
sintakse
skladnja
sentakssöz dizimi

syntax

[ˈsɪntæks]
A. Nsintaxis f
B. CPD syntax error Nerror m sintáctico

syntax

[ˈsɪntæks] nsyntaxe f

syntax

nSyntax f; (of sentence also)Satzbau m; syntax error (Comput) → Syntaxfehler m

syntax

[ˈsɪntæks] nsintassi f inv

syntax

(ˈsintӕks) noun
(the rules for) the correct arrangement of words in a sentence.
References in classic literature ?
Nature has her language, and she is not unveracious; but we don't know all the intricacies of her syntax just yet, and in a hasty reading we may happen to extract the very opposite of her real meaning.
They epitomize the experience of their fellow-mortal, and pronounce judgment on him in neat syntax, and feel themselves wise and virtuous--conquerors over the temptations they define in well- selected predicates.
I shall die before I get to the syntax,' I thought at the first page--and threw the book under the table.
Given the meanings of separate words, and the rules of syntax, the meaning of a proposition is determinate.
But oh, mesdames, if you are not allowed to touch the heart sometimes in spite of syntax, and are not to be loved until you all know the difference between trimeter and tetrameter, may all Poetry go to the deuce, and every schoolmaster perish miserably!
Orthography, etymology, syntax, and prosody, biography, astronomy, geography, and general cosmography, the sciences of compound proportion, algebra, land-surveying and levelling, vocal music, and drawing from models, were all at the ends of his ten chilled fingers.
She presently made up her mind to skip the rules in the Syntax, the examples became so absorbing.
The skeleton measured 15 hands, the same as that of Doctor Syntax, a record seven-time winner of the Preston Gold Cup.
By achieving a Specialized distinction, Syntax has been recognized by Oracle for its experience in delivering services specifically around Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne through competency development, business results and proven success.
Syntax joins the BVCA as a professional services member, as they provide IT support and outsourcing services directly to a number of companies in the Private Equity industry, and to companies that are owned by Private Equity organisations.
Syntax refers to the rules of grammar that help us arrange words into sentences.
Researchers have traditionally held that syntax arose only as the vocabulary of prehistoric people grew large and unwieldy.