Definition of parse in English:

parse

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Resolve (a sentence) into its component parts and describe their syntactic roles.

    ‘I asked a couple of students to parse these sentences for me’
    • ‘A grammarian would be challenged to parse that sentence.’
    • ‘I know you tried to clarify it by repeating the word ‘strange’ and, if I have parsed the sentence correctly, that does seem to be the connection.’
    • ‘We can parse the first sentence in two ways, but we naturally assume that Groucho meant to say that (he in his pyjamas) (shot (an elephant)).’
    • ‘But the benefit might be limited to just an enhanced ability to signal process sounds and may not carry over at all into enhanced ability to parse sentences and understand, say, written language.’
    • ‘But it's important to note the placement of prepositions, how a phrase is parsed.’
    • ‘You don't have to parse the sentences or measure vowel formants or anything time consuming, so the empirical part of the research just took a few minutes.’
    • ‘Then, beginning readers learn to parse the printed word into graphemes and subsequently assign phonemes to the different graphemes.’
    • ‘They can parse complex words and sentences; but this parsing takes more work than reading simpler, clearer prose.’
    • ‘But, of course, he offered no proof for this assertion, and is not known to be able to parse Arabic verbs.’
    • ‘But I learned how to parse a sentence, what the base pairs of DNA were, and I can still remember most of my French irregular verbs.’
    • ‘To try to describe the story is a bit like parsing the grammatical structure of a joke.’
    • ‘I don't know what every part does, but there is pleasure in trying to parse a sentence in a foreign language.’
    • ‘Try as I might, I cannot parse that final sentence into anything like English.’
    • ‘So instead to trying to parse the sentences as I read, I'm just reading.’
    • ‘In analyzing some of the book's sections, we would have to parse each sentence!’
    • ‘I'm not sure I'm qualified to parse that sentence.’
    • ‘You can't parse the sentence that way without adding a missing to.’
    • ‘They parse sentences until a parable's plot crumbles into fragments, or they so domesticate the narratives that they become little more than helpful hints for daily living.’
    • ‘I'm sure there will be a generous amount of worthies stepping forward to parse every sentence, on the eternal quest for the definitive admission that it's over.’
    • ‘The classicists must have been boring their mates with this fact every four years for as long as they could parse a sentence.’
    1. 1.1Computing
      Analyse (a string or text) into logical syntactic components.
      ‘a user question input is parsed into an internal conceptual representation’
      • ‘Access may be provided through a DOM to a system with an addressable granularity of an XML document, by parsing the document.’
      • ‘To prove that it does, try manually parsing the input string such as we did above.’
      • ‘After that, I'll need to adjust the ‘newsletter delivery’ program so that it can read and parse the new newsletter layout (in HTML format).’
      • ‘For instance, although Perl makes it easy to parse delimited text files with regular expressions, OCaml provides tools specifically designed for writing a compiler.’
      • ‘Chapter 10 finalizes the discussion of methods and tools repeatedly mentioned in earlier chapters to parse the XML documents.’

noun

Computing
  • An act of parsing a string or a text.

    ‘a failed parse was retried’
    • ‘The memory usage of a parse tree is the maximum number of incomplete nodes at any point in the parse.’
    • ‘In either case, we accept the parse as complete and error-free.’
    • ‘Finally, print outputs the contents of the most recent parse by default.’
    • ‘There were people who knew there were problems with the parse, but they weren't security people, so they didn't know it was a security problem.’
    • ‘The parses are generated by running Eugene Charniak's statistical parser.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: perhaps from Middle English pars ‘parts of speech’, from Old French pars parts (influenced by Latin pars part).

Pronunciation:

parse

/pɑːz/