- to analyze (a sentence) in terms of grammatical constituents, identifying the parts of speech, syntactic relations, etc.
- to describe (a word in a sentence) grammatically, identifying the part of speech, inflectional form, syntactic function, etc.
- to analyze (something, as a speech or behavior) to discover its implications or uncover a deeper meaning: Political columnists were in their glory, parsing the president's speech on the economy in minute detail.
- Computers. to analyze (a string of characters) in order to associate groups of characters with the syntactic units of the underlying grammar.
- to be able to be parsed; lend itself to parsing: Sorry, but your concluding paragraph simply doesn't parse.
Origin of parse
Examples from the Web for parsing
Disagreements will focus on right and wrong, not parsing of legal language.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Though the idea of parsing meaning from hip-hop is new, the link between music and mental health is well-trodden ground.Hip-Hop Psychology: Using Music to Fight Mental Illness
November 17, 2014
So now, a grand jury sits in St. Louis County, taking testimony and parsing evidence.The Question in St. Louis County: Can Whites Empathize With Blacks?
August 23, 2014
Their task: parsing the public statements of Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon who conservatives desperately want to run for president.Conservatives Flocking To Ben Carson Fan Club
May 29, 2014
That parsing of the pecking order, though, didn't extend to his personal life or interactions with colleagues.Remembering Michael Hastings
June 20, 2013
"You can say we might all have done the parsing if we'd begun it first," said Beatrice.The Nicest Girl in the School
In parsing, I find that beauty is not always the desirable object!The Woodcraft Girls at Camp
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
I am going over my French parsing to myself, and you do interrupt me so.Light O' The Morning
L. T. Meade
Think of our parsing Milton as an aid to mastering the English language!Our Friend John Burroughs
Claire increasingly showed the strain, the unhappiness, through which she was parsing.Cytherea
- to assign constituent structure to (a sentence or the words in a sentence)
- (intr) (of a word or linguistic element) to play a specified role in the structure of a sentence
- computing to analyse the source code of a computer program to make sure that it is structurally correct before it is compiled and turned into machine code
Word Origin and History for parsing
1550s, "to state the parts of speech in a sentence," verb use of Middle English pars (n.) "part of speech" (c.1300), from Old French pars, plural of part "part," from Latin pars (see part (n.)) in school question, Quae pars orationis? "What part of speech?" Transferred (non-grammatical) use is from 1788. Pars was a common plural of part (n.) in early Middle English. Related: Parsed; parsing.