Merriam-Webster definition of parse
highbob at MINDSPRING.COM
Fri Feb 18 00:48:51 UTC 2000
4. Computer Science. To analyze or separate (input, for example) into more
easily processed components. Used of software.
This is from American Heritage. I'm not a computer person, Andrea, but I've
heard the term used in a computer context. I didn't get that your were
quizzing for that sense at all in your first post. Sorry.
BTW, I first learned parse in reference to the explication of poetry, hand
in hand with scansion.
> From: "A. Vine" <avine at ENG.SUN.COM>
> Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2000 12:21:51 -0800
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> Subject: Re: Merriam-Webster definition of parse
> Bob Haas wrote:
>> Not at all, Andrea. Your understanding of parse is the first order of
>> definition in the American Heritage Dictionary. I'm surprised that M-W
>> didn't specify grammar--I noticed that this morning in my Word of the Day
>> message--but the M-W definition does say something about breaking a sentence
>> down into its constituent parts, does it not?
> True, but I was referring to using "parse" for other things besides grammar.
> For example, I parse music when I hear it. Computer programs parse protocol
> strings (one could argue this is grammar, but M-W didn't abstract the
> at all). I also parse information. Yes, I am examining it in a minute way,
> I use parse to specifically indicate that I am breaking the information down
> into smaller pieces. In project management, I parse a project into what are
> manageable chunks for me.
> Does anyone else use parse in this sense?
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