Possibly from Middle English pars (“parts, shares; parts of speech, grammar”), from Old French pars (plural of part (“part, portion, share”)), from Latin pars (“part, piece, share”), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *per- (“to carry forth; to sell”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɑːz/, /pʰɑːz/
- (General American) IPA(key): /pɑɹs/, /pʰɑɹs/, /pʰɑɹz/
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- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)z, -ɑː(ɹ)s
- (linguistics, transitive, intransitive) To resolve (a sentence, etc.) into its elements, pointing out the several parts of speech, and their relation to each other by agreement or government; to analyze and describe grammatically. [from mid 16th c.]
- Synonym: construe
- (transitive) To examine closely; to scrutinize.
- (computing, transitive, intransitive) To split a (file or other input) into pieces of data that can be easily manipulated or stored.
- (computing, transitive) To resolve (a string of code or text) into its elements to determine if it conforms to a particular grammar.
- (computing, linguistics, intransitive) Of a string of code or text, sentence, etc.: to conform to rules of grammar, to be syntactically valid.
- This sentence doesn't parse.
Generally speaking, parse is an ergative verb, i.e. ambitransitive with the subject of the intransitive form corresponding to the direct object of the transitive form. If a person or program can parse X into Y, then we say that X parses as Y. Note that the last sense is not quite the same as the penultimate; a string only parses if it can be parsed successfully.
parse (plural parses)
- Asper, Earps, Pears, Peras, RESPA, Rapes, Spear, Spera, apers, apres, après, aprés, as per, asper, pares, pears, prase, presa, præs., rapes, reaps, sarpe, spare, spear
- (parere): parve