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abstract syntax tree definition

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(AST) A data structure representing something which has been parsed, often used as a compiler or interpreter's internal representation of a program while it is being optimised and from which code generation is performed. The range of all possible such structures is described by the abstract syntax.
(1994-11-08)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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