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[pahrs, pahrz] /pɑrs, pɑrz/
verb (used with object), parsed, parsing.
1.
to analyze (a sentence) in terms of grammatical constituents, identifying the parts of speech, syntactic relations, etc.
2.
to describe (a word in a sentence) grammatically, identifying the part of speech, inflectional form, syntactic function, etc.
3.
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.
4.
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.
5.
to be able to be parsed; lend itself to parsing:
Sorry, but your concluding paragraph simply doesn't parse.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin pars part, as in pars ōrātiōnis part of speech
Related forms
parsable, adjective
parser, noun
misparse, verb (used with object), misparsed, misparsing.
unparsed, adjective
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  • parsing the origins and early history of dinosaurs is a challenging task.
  • We're both counting on it, and have spent innumerable hours parsing every conceivable aspect and contingency.
  • Our translation tools can now use parsing-understanding the grammatical parts of a sentence.
  • There's some mighty fine word-parsing going on here.
  • The scientists are still parsing the data collected by the gliders' sensors.
  • It hardly holds up on a close parsing of the lyrics.
  • parsing information makes them look less educated, or bought off.
  • parsing damages from hurricanes attributable only to greenhouse gases is a difficult process.
  • The problem with parsing by gender is that it misses the bigger picture.
  • It might be better suited to parsing body motion and not so much about what you are doing with your fingers.
British Dictionary definitions for parsing

parse

/pɑːz/
verb (grammar)
1.
to assign constituent structure to (a sentence or the words in a sentence)
2.
(intransitive) (of a word or linguistic element) to play a specified role in the structure of a sentence
3.
(computing) to analyse the source code of a computer program to make sure that it is structurally correct before it is compiled and turned into machine code
Derived Forms
parsable, adjective
parsing, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin pars (orātionis) part (of speech)
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Word Origin and History for parsing

parse

v.

1550s, "to state the parts of speech in a sentence," verb use of Middle English pars (n.) "part of speech" (c.1300), from Old French pars, plural of part "part," from Latin pars (see part (n.)) in school question, Quae pars orationis? "What part of speech?" Transferred (non-grammatical) use is from 1788. Pars was a common plural of part (n.) in early Middle English. Related: Parsed; parsing.

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