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Definition to analyze — especially when dividing into parts
The exact meaning of parse is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "parse a sentence" — to divide the words into parts of speech whose relationships can be grammatically analyzed
  • "parse her behavior" or "parse her meaning" — to analyze in detail
  • "have the computer parse the text file" — divide and translate the information in the file into parts that are more easily manipulated and analyzed
  • If you carefully parse her words, you will see that she did not say what most people think she said.
  • Had new invitations been issued to parse out the infiltrators' identities?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • After the sneezing
    Healing peeps, parsing limericks
    Worst God Award?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • —and parsing every word for tone and nuance, as if his sentences are a code I can crack.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • We easily parse complex distinctions in facial expression.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Well, I'm in the library parsing a Jane Austen novel looking for dramatic irony, while many of my old friends are dead or in jail.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Zeitoun was deeply suspicious, still trying to parse how this man had ended up in their cage, and what his intentions might be.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • They're solving the trickier binding spells and parsing out the final commands so I can speak them at the proper time.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • We can insert a tiny bit of code, just twenty instructions, to write the parsed bytes to a log file before checking their validity.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • Once you start parsing a face, it's a peculiar item: squishy, pointy, with lots of air vents and wet spots.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • It's excruciating to think about all that, and his mind searches frantically for replacements, for decisions to make, issues to parse.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • She gave up trying to parse his statement or his intentions.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The earnest virgins were, she fancied, as likely to do harm as to do good by their faith in the value of parsing Caesar.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Alan parsed the words.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Now that Michael had been certified as learning-disabled, he was allowed to retake the ACT tests as many times as he wanted, with Miss Sue on hand to help him parse the questions.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • For most of his life he'd been the stoic computer in the corner, accepting input, then calculating, parsing, breaking down data before spitting it back out in the form of a report to be acted upon by others.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters
  • I know, intelligent criticism cannot be 'wrong,' but I was wrong to submit to the tyranny by which critics of art live, and to follow the road that they follow, because, to maintain their society and vocation, they parse by intellect alone works that are great solely because of the spirit.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • They had analyzed and parsed it and torn it to pieces in general until it was a wonder there was any meaning at all left in it for them, but at least the fair lily maid and Lancelot and Guinevere and King Arthur had become very real people to them, and Anne was devoured by secret regret that she had not been born in Camelot.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • That is, we wanted you both to know who and what Jesus and Gautama and Lao-tse and Shan-karacharya and Hui-neng and Sri Ramakrishna, etc., were before you knew too much or anything about Homer or Shakespeare or even Blake or Whitman, let alone George Washington and his cherry tree or the definition of a peninsula or how to parse a sentence.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Then, a year's study of the lean, clear precision of Caesar, the magnificent structure of the style—the concision, the skeleton certainty, deadened by the disjointed daily partition, the dull parsing, the lumbering cliché of pedantic translation: "Having done all things that were necessary, and the season now being propitious for carrying on war, Caesar began to arrange his legions in battle array.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel

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