obsolete 16c.-17c. verb from Latin contexere “to weave together” (see context).


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  • Context

    [kon-tekst] /ˈkɒn tɛkst/ noun 1. the parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect: You have misinterpreted my remark because you took it out of context. 2. the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc. 3. […]

  • Context clash

    grammar When a parser cannot tell which alternative production of a syntax applies by looking at the next input token (“lexeme”). E.g. given syntax C -> A | b c A -> d | b e If you’re parsing non-terminal C and the next token is ‘b’, you don’t know whether it’s the first or […]

  • Context clue

    noun a method by which the meanings of unknown words may be obtained by examining the parts of a sentence surrounding the word for definition/explanation clues, restatement/synonym clues, contrast/antonym clues, and inference/general context clues Usage Note grammar

  • Context-free

    Said of a grammar where the syntax of each constituent is independent of the symbols occuring before and after it in a sentence. Parsers for such grammars are simpler than those for context-dependent grammars because the parser need only know the current symbol.

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