One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The grammatical arrangement of words to form sentences; (also) the set of principles governing such arrangement; the branch of grammar concerned with this; = "syntax". Now rare.
2Geology. A bend in a fold axis or mountain range where subsidiary axes or ranges diverge; the meeting of mountain ranges at an angle.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Palsgrave (d. 1554), teacher and scholar of languages. From post-classical Latin syntaxis syntax.
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