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syntax

syn·tax

syntax

 
 
pronunciation:
sIn taeks
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the study of the structure and formation of phrases and sentences.
She is a linguist specializing in German syntax.
definition 2: the rules in a language that govern the structure and formation of sentences.
"Colorless green ideas sleep furiously" is a famous example of a sentence that is semantically absurd, but whose syntax is without fault.
definition 3: the word order or pattern of word order in a phrase or sentence.
The complex syntax used by Henry James makes reading his novels a challenge.
definition 4: in computer science, the rules governing the way machine language commands are interpreted.
definition 5: any systematic arrangement; order.
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The word syntax contains the following parts:
syn- Greek prefix that means with, together with
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The prefix "syn- " occurs in Greek loanwords and attaches to Greek roots. It has several forms, as the final "n" sound in "syn- " assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms sym-, syl-, and sys-.
synonyms:
com-
 
tax, taxo Greek root that means arrangement, order