pars·​er | \ ˈpär-sər How to pronounce parser (audio) \

Definition of parser

: one that parses specifically : a computer program that breaks down text into recognized strings of characters for further analysis

Examples of parser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So this could be things like a parser or a spell-checker, right? Wired Staff, Wired, "How Machine Learning Can Help Stamp Out Hiring Bias," 21 Feb. 2020 The main problem with The Outsider, which seems to feel much more comfortable as a moodily naturalistic crime drama than as a parser of things that go bump in the night, is that the balance is off. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Supernatural Gets Serious in The Outsider," 12 Jan. 2020 The renown of talented parsers of language predates more recent stars like Benjamin Dreyer and Mary Norris by thousands of years. Susan Dominus, New York Times, "In Love With Language, but Not Necessarily With Each Other," 30 Aug. 2019 Chances are, your problems are easier to handle with a parser. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "Parsing HTML? There’s an App for That," 23 Nov. 2009

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First Known Use of parser

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Parser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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