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 To ensure unbiased hiring when using these tools, make sure to carefully select the fields of your parser and remove any data that could create bias. Vinay Johar, Forbes, 10 June 2022 The single-click application functionality in the parser indeed speeds up the process. Vinay Johar, Forbes, 10 June 2022 And then there is module that Kazantsev says kind of runs that semantic parser in reverse to make the auto-complete suggestions. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 7 June 2022 The choice to praise or condemn him has become yet another Rorschach test of political team loyalty; the decision to stay silent has proved equally offensive and obituaries were immediately parsed for, depending on the parser, hypocrisy and bias. Mary Mcnamara, Star Tribune, 19 Feb. 2021 Among the most serious risks were those posed by a stored cross-site scripting vulnerability (typically abbreviated as XSS) in JavaScript parser that’s used by the servers at Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 8 Oct. 2020 So this could be things like a parser or a spell-checker, right? Wired Staff, Wired, 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, 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, 30 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of parser

1826, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jun 2022

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“Parser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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