Parse Definition

parsed, parses, parsing
To parse a sentence, word, etc.
Webster's New World
To separate (a sentence) into its parts, explaining the grammatical form and function of each of the parts and their interrelation.
Webster's New World
To describe the form, part of speech, and function of (a word in a sentence)
Webster's New World
To process (linguistic data such as speech or written language) in real time as it is being spoken or read, in order to determine its linguistic structure and meaning.
American Heritage
To use analytical skills to interpret or comprehend.
Webster's New World
(linguistics, computing) A successful act of parsing.
(linguistics, computing) The result of such an act.

Origin of Parse

  • Probably from Middle English pars part of speech from Latin pars (ōrātiōnis) part (of speech) perə-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English pars, from Old French pars (plural of part), from Latin pars.

    From Wiktionary


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