[pahrs, pahrz]
verb (used with object), parsed, parsing.
to analyze (a sentence) in terms of grammatical constituents, identifying the parts of speech, syntactic relations, etc.
to describe (a word in a sentence) grammatically, identifying the part of speech, inflectional form, syntactic function, etc.
to analyze (something, as a speech or behavior) to discover its implications or uncover a deeper meaning: Political columnists were in their glory, parsing the president's speech on the economy in minute detail.
Computers. to analyze (a string of characters) in order to associate groups of characters with the syntactic units of the underlying grammar.
verb (used without object), parsed, parsing.
to be able to be parsed; lend itself to parsing: Sorry, but your concluding paragraph simply doesn't parse.

1545–55; < Latin pars part, as in pars ōrātiōnis part of speech

parsable, adjective
parser, noun
misparse, verb (used with object), misparsed, misparsing.
unparsed, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
parse (pɑːz)
1.  to assign constituent structure to (a sentence or the words in a sentence)
2.  (intr) (of a word or linguistic element) to play a specified role in the structure of a sentence
3.  computing to analyse the course code of a computer program to make sure that it is structurally correct before it is compiled and turned into machine code
[C16: from Latin pars (orātionis) part (of speech)]

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Word Origin & History

c.1553, "to state the parts of speech in a sentence," verb use of M.E. pars (n.) "part of speech" (c.1300), from O.Fr. pars, pl. of part "part," from L. pars (see part (n.)) in school question, Quae pars orationis? "What part of speech?"
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Computing Dictionary

parse definition


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Example sentences
Parse the call for proposals thoroughly, and make sure your proposal deals with
  all the criteria.
Maybe, as you say, you didn't parse the two out clearly enough.
It is the scientists' job to parse out exactly what is the relevance of our
  work to the public, as you do here.
As a result, different dentists parse the images differently.
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