[lek-si-kon, -kuh n] /ˈlɛk sɪˌkɒn, -kən/
noun, plural lexica
[lek-si-kuh] /ˈlɛk sɪ kə/ (Show IPA), lexicons.
a wordbook or dictionary, especially of Greek, Latin, or Hebrew.
the vocabulary of a particular language, field, social class, person, etc.
inventory or record:
unparalleled in the lexicon of human relations.
a dictionary, esp one of an ancient language such as Greek or Hebrew
a list of terms relating to a particular subject
the vocabulary of a language or of an individual
(linguistics) the set of all the morphemes of a language
Greek lexis ‘word, phrase’
c.1600, “a dictionary,” from Middle French lexicon or directly from Modern Latin lexicon, from Greek lexikon (biblion) “word (book),” from neuter of lexikos “pertaining to words,” from lexis “word,” from legein “say” (see lecture (n.)).
Used originally of dictionaries of Greek, Syriac, Hebrew and Arabic, because these typically were in Latin and in Modern Latin lexicon, not dictionarius, was the preferred word. The modern sense of “vocabulary proper to some sphere of activity” (1640s) is a figurative extension.
[lek-si-kuh l] /ˈlɛk sɪ kəl/ adjective 1. of or relating to the words or vocabulary of a language, especially as distinguished from its grammatical and syntactical aspects. 2. of, relating to, or of the nature of a . /ˈlɛksɪkəl/ adjective 1. of or relating to items of vocabulary in a language 2. of or relating […]
- Lexical analyser
language (Or “scanner”) The initial input stage of a language processor (e.g. a compiler), the part that performs lexical analysis. (1995-04-05)
- Lexical analysis
programming (Or “linear analysis”, “scanning”) The first stage of processing a language. The stream of characters making up the source program or other input is read one at a time and grouped into lexemes (or “tokens”) – word-like pieces such as keywords, identifiers, literals and punctutation. The lexemes are then passed to the parser. [“Compilers […]
- Lexical decision task
noun 1. (psychol) an experimental task in which subjects have to decide as fast as possible whether a given letter string is a word