Syntax meaning

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Syntax is an order of words and phrases to form proper sentences.

An example of syntax is "I'm going to the movies" versus "to the movies I'm going."

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(now rare) Orderly or systematic arrangement.
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A set of rules that govern how words are combined to form phrases and sentences.
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(computing, countable) The formal rules of formulating the statements of a computer language.
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The rules governing the structure of a programming language. It specifies how words and symbols are put together to form statements and expressions. See syntactic sugar, statement, expression and syntax error.
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(linguistics) The study of the structure of phrases, sentences and language.
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(computers) The rules governing the formation of statements in a programming language.
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A systematic, orderly arrangement.
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(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.
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Origin of syntax

  • French syntaxe from Late Latin syntaxis from Greek suntaxis from suntassein to put in order sun- syn- tassein tag- to arrange

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

  • Ancient Greek σύνταξις (suntaksis), from σύν (sun, “together”) + τάξις (taksis, “arrangement”), from τάσσω (tassō, “I arrange”).

    From Wiktionary