An example of syntax is "I'm going to the movies" versus "to the movies I'm going."
- Now Rare orderly or systematic arrangement
- the arrangement of and relationships among words, phrases, and clauses forming sentences; sentence structure
- the study of this
- the structure of statements in a computer language
- the rules governing this structure
- Logic syntactics as applied to language in the abstract with no meaning attached either to the symbols or to the expressions constructed from these symbols
Origin of syntaxFrench syntaxe from Late Latin syntaxis from Classical Greek from syntassein, to join, put together from syn-, together + tassein, to arrange: see taxis
- a. The study of the rules whereby words or other elements of sentence structure are combined to form grammatical sentences.b. A publication, such as a book, that presents such rules.c. The pattern of formation of sentences or phrases in a language.d. Such a pattern in a particular sentence or discourse.
- Computers The rules governing the formation of statements in a programming language.
- A systematic, orderly arrangement.
Origin of syntaxFrench syntaxe from Late Latin syntaxis from Greek suntaxis from suntassein to put in order sun- syn- tassein tag- to arrange
- A set of rules that govern how words are combined to form phrases and sentences.
- (computing, countable) The formal rules of formulating the statements of a computer language.
- (linguistics) The study of the structure of phrases, sentences and language.
The joke plural syntices occasionally occurs in blogs (by false analogy with matrix etc.)
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Ancient Greek σύνταξις (suntaksis), from σύν (sun, “together”) + τάξις (taksis, “arrangement”), from τάσσω (tassō, “I arrange”).