Definition of Context

1. Noun. Discourse that surrounds a language unit and helps to determine its interpretation.

Exact synonyms: Context Of Use, Linguistic Context
Generic synonyms: Discourse
Derivative terms: Contextual

2. Noun. The set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event. "The historical context"
Exact synonyms: Circumstance, Setting
Specialized synonyms: Conditions, Conditions
Generic synonyms: Environment
Derivative terms: Circumstantial, Contextual

Definition of Context

1. a. Knit or woven together; close; firm.

2. n. The part or parts of something written or printed, as of Scripture, which precede or follow a text or quoted sentence, or are so intimately associated with it as to throw light upon its meaning.

3. v. t. To knit or bind together; to unite closely.

Definition of Context

1. Noun. The surroundings, circumstances, environment, background or settings that determine, specify, or clarify the meaning of an event or other occurrence. ¹

2. Noun. (linguistics) The text in which a word or passage appears and which helps ascertain its meaning. ¹

3. Noun. (archaeology) The surroundings and environment in which an artifact is found and which may provide important clues about the artifact's function and/or cultural meaning. ¹

4. Noun. (mycology) The trama or flesh of a mushroom. ¹

5. Verb. (obsolete) To knit or bind together; to unite closely. ¹

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Definition of Context

1. the part of a discourse in which a particular word or phrase appears [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Context

contest shape
context (current term)
context-free grammar
context-free grammars
context menu
context menus
context of use

Literary usage of Context

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Introduction to the Talmud: Historical and Literary Introduction, Legal by Moses Mielziner (1903)
"Explaining an ambiguous word from the context: The word ... Explaining the meaning of a passage from the context. In Ex. XVI, 29, we read: "Abide you every ..."

2. Introduction to the Study of History by Charles Victor Langlois, Charles Seignobos, George Godfrey Berry (1904)
"This is the j-ule of context* a fundamental rule of interpretation. Its meaning is that, before making use of a phrase taken from a text, we must have read ..."

3. The Practical Study of Languages: A Guide for Teachers and Learners by Henry Sweet (1906)
"Clear context It is of the greatest importance that each word—especially each new word—should, as far as possible, have such a context as to leave room for ..."

4. Thought and Things: A Study of the Development and Meaning of Thought, Or by James Mark Baldwin (1906)
"This gives a chance for varying readings Mistakes. of ^his continuous context besides that which the strict demands of the different conversions require, ..."

5. Opportunity 2000: Creative Affirmative Action Strategies for a Changing (1988)
"The various options reflected in these proposals must be weighed in the context of the three overarching goals noted above. This is difficult, since the ..."

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