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”).