Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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May
14
2013

syntax

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

sIn taeks

noun

definition 1: the study of the structure and formation of phrases and sentences.
example: She is a linguist specializing in German syntax.
definition 2: the rules in a language that govern the structure and formation of sentences.
example:¬†“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 particular phrase or sentence.
example: The complex syntax used by Henry James makes reading his novels a challenge.