- the study of the rules for the formation of grammatical sentences in a language.
- the study of the patterns of formation of sentences and phrases from words.
- the rules or patterns so studied: English syntax.
- a presentation of these: a syntax of English.
- an instance of these: the syntax of a sentence.
- that branch of modern logic that studies the various kinds of signs that occur in a system and the possible arrangements of those signs, complete abstraction being made of the meaning of the signs.
- the outcome of such a study when directed upon a specified language.
- a system or orderly arrangement.
- 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.
Origin of syntax
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He runs over all sciences to peruse their syntaxes, and thinks all learning comprised in writing Latin.The Book Lovers' Anthology
- 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
- the totality of facts about the grammatical arrangement of words in a language
- a systematic statement of the rules governing the grammatical arrangement of words and morphemes in a language
- logic a systematic statement of the rules governing the properly formed formulas of a logical system
- any orderly arrangement or system
Word Origin for syntax
C17: from Late Latin syntaxis, from Greek suntaxis, from suntassein to put in order, from syn- + tassein to arrange
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