Definitions for: Syntax


[n] the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences
[n] studies of the rules for forming admissible sentences
[n] a systematic orderly arrangement



Webster (1913) Definition: Syn"tax, n. [L. syntaxis, Gr. ?, fr. ? to put together
in order; sy`n with + ? to put in order; cf. F. syntaxe. See
Syn-, and Tactics.]
1. Connected system or order; union of things; a number of
things jointed together; organism. [Obs.]

They owe no other dependence to the first than what
is common to the whole syntax of beings. --Glanvill.

2. 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.


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Synonyms: phrase structure, sentence structure

See Also: grammar, structure, system

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Famous Quotes Containing Syntax:


Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves to thank if the advertisement writer uses his mastery of the vocabulary and syntax to mislead their weak minds.

-- Dorothy L. Sayers (British Author)

When you translate poetry in particular, you're obliged to look at how the writer with whom you're working puts together words, sentences, phrases, the triple tension between the line of verse, the syntax and the sentence.

-- Marilyn Hacker (American Poet)

The ambiguities of language, both in terms of vocabulary and syntax, are fascinating: how important connotation is, what is lost and what is gained in the linguistic transition.

-- Marilyn Hacker (American Poet)

And that's how I start myself. I usually go back a couple of pages, maybe to the beginning of the chapter, and I start reading. And as I'm reading, I'm tweaking - putting in a different word, changing the syntax, putting that clause over there, you know that sort of thing.

-- Jean M. Auel (American Writer)

I ascribe a basic importance to the phenomenon of language. To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax, to grasp the morphology of this or that language, but it means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization.

-- Frantz Fanon (French Psychologist)

The pull between sound and syntax creates a kind of musical tension in the language that interests me.

-- Marilyn Hacker (American Poet)

What that book does for me is give me the tools in the same way that I had the tools when I learned the regular scales or the alphabet. If you give me the tools, the syntax, and the grammar, it still doesn't tell me how to write Ulysses.

-- David Baker (American Composer)

My favorite language for maintainability is Python. It has simple, clean syntax, object encapsulation, good library support, and optional named parameters.

-- Bram Cohen (American Scientist)

Syntax, my lad. It has been restored to the highest place in the republic.

-- John Steinbeck (American Author)


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