Definition of parse in English:

parse

verb

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

    ‘I asked a couple of students to parse these sentences for me’
    • ‘The classicists must have been boring their mates with this fact every four years for as long as they could parse a sentence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't know what every part does, but there is pleasure in trying to parse a sentence in a foreign language.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But it's important to note the placement of prepositions, how a phrase is parsed.’
    • ‘A grammarian would be challenged to parse that sentence.’
    • ‘So instead to trying to parse the sentences as I read, I'm just reading.’
    • ‘To try to describe the story is a bit like parsing the grammatical structure of a joke.’
    • ‘But, of course, he offered no proof for this assertion, and is not known to be able to parse Arabic verbs.’
    • ‘I'm not sure I'm qualified to parse that sentence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then, beginning readers learn to parse the printed word into graphemes and subsequently assign phonemes to the different graphemes.’
    • ‘You can't parse the sentence that way without adding a missing to.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They can parse complex words and sentences; but this parsing takes more work than reading simpler, clearer prose.’
    • ‘In analyzing some of the book's sections, we would have to parse each sentence!’
    • ‘Try as I might, I cannot parse that final sentence into anything like English.’
    • ‘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)).’
    1. 1.1Computing Analyse (a string or text) into logical syntactic components.
      ‘a user question input is parsed into an internal conceptual representation’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘Access may be provided through a DOM to a system with an addressable granularity of an XML document, by parsing the document.’
      • ‘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.’
      interpret, understand, read, see, take, take to mean, render, analyse, explain, elucidate, gloss, decode
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noun

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

    ‘a failed parse was retried’
    • ‘Finally, print outputs the contents of the most recent parse by default.’
    • ‘The memory usage of a parse tree is the maximum number of incomplete nodes at any point in the parse.’
    • ‘The parses are generated by running Eugene Charniak's statistical parser.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In either case, we accept the parse as complete and error-free.’

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/