syntax meaning

[ 'sintæks ] Pronunciation:   "syntax" in a sentence
  • Noun: syntax  sintaks
    1. The grammatical arrangement of words in sentences
      - sentence structure, phrase structure 
    2. A systematic orderly arrangement 
    3. Studies of the rules for forming admissible sentences

    Derived forms: syntaxes

    See also: syntactic, syntactician

    Type of: grammar, scheme, structure, system

    Encyclopedia: Syntax

  • [Business]
    noun [U]

    (IT )

    the rules that state how words and phrases must be used in a computer language:

    You can use Boolean syntax to do an advanced Web search.

    a syntax error

  • [Electronics]
    1. The rules by which computer program statements are structured.
    2. The way that a written or spoken sentence is constructed. It is important in speech recognition and speech synthesis.

  • [Computer]
    The structure of strings in some language. A language's syntax is described by a grammar. For example, the syntax of a binary number could be expressed as

     binary_number = bit bit = "0" | "1" 
    meaning that a binary number is a bit optionally followed by a binary number and a bit is a literal zero or one digit.

    The meaning of the language is given by its semantics.

    See also abstract syntax, concrete syntax.


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  1. the syntax analyzer calls the scanner when it needs a new symbol.
  2. the syntax analyzer has one recursive procedure for each nonterminal u.
  3. a sentence of a grammar is ambiguous if there exists two syntax trees for it.
  4. a parse of a sentential form is the construction of a derivation and possibly a syntax tree for it.
  5. if a sentential form is ambiguous, then it has more than one syntax tree and therefore, in general, more than one handle.

Related Words

  1. syntagma meaning
  2. syntagmatic meaning
  3. syntagmatite meaning
  4. syntan meaning
  5. syntarpen meaning
  6. syntax checker meaning
  7. syntax directed translation meaning
  8. syntax error meaning
  9. syntax language meaning
  10. syntax tree meaning
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