Merriam-Webster definition of parse

Natalie Maynor maynor at CS.MSSTATE.EDU
Thu Feb 17 23:25:51 UTC 2000

Andrea wrote:
>I use parse to specifically indicate that I am breaking the information down
>into smaller pieces.
>Does anyone else use parse in this sense?

Yes.  That's what I've always thought "parse" meant, whether in relation
to a sentence or to anything else that can be broken into smaller pieces.
   --Natalie Maynor (maynor at

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