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Sunday, June 03, 2001

Definitions for parse

  1. To resolve (as a sentence) into its component parts of speech with an explanation of the form, function, and syntactical relationship of each part.
  2. To describe grammatically by stating its part of speech, form, and syntactical relationships in a sentence.
  3. To examine closely or analyze critically, especially by breaking up into components.

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Citations for parse
We must learn to parse sentences and to analyse the grammar of our text, for, as Roman Jakobson has taught us, there is no access to the grammar of poetry, to the nerve and sinew of the poem, if one is blind to the poetry of grammar. George Steiner, No Passion Spent: Essays 1978-1995
There are too many spots where the rhythm goes momentarily awry; where words are used with murk, sloppiness or phonetic imprecision; where sentences are so twisted around that they become hard to parse; even times where it's hard to be sure just who or what is being referred to. Douglas Hofstadter, New York Times
Origin of parse
Parse comes from the Latin pars (orationis), "part (of speech)."
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