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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Syntax  \Syn"tax\,  n.  [L.  syntaxis,  Gr  ?,  fr  ?  to  put  together 
  in  order  sy`n  with  +  ?  to  put  in  order  cf  F.  syntaxe.  See 
  {Syn-},  and  {Tactics}.] 
  1.  Connected  system  or  order  union  of  things  a  number  of 
  things  jointed  together;  organism.  [Obs.] 
  They  owe  no  other  dependence  to  the  first  than  what 
  is  common  to  the  whole  syntax  of  beings.  --Glanvill. 
  2.  That  part  of  grammar  which  treats  of  the  construction  of 
  sentences;  the  due  arrangement  of  words  in  sentences  in 
  their  necessary  relations,  according  to  established  usage 
  in  any  language. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  grammatical  arrangement  of  words  in  sentences  [syn:  {sentence 
  structure},  {phrase  structure}] 
  2:  a  systematic  orderly  arrangement 
  3:  studies  of  the  rules  for  forming  admissible  sentences 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  The  structure  of  strings  in  some  language.  A  language's 
  syntax  is  described  by  a  {grammar}.  For  example,  the  syntax 
  of  a  binary  number  could  be  expressed  as 
  binary_number  =  bit  [  binary_number  ] 
  bit  =  "0"  |  "1" 
  meaning  that  a  binary  number  is  a  bit  optionally  followed  by  a 
  binary  number  and  a  bit  is  a  literal  zero  or  one  digit. 
  The  meaning  of  the  language  is  given  by  its  {semantics}. 
  See  also  {abstract  syntax},  {concrete  syntax}. 

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