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Meaning of CONTEXT

Pronunciation:  'kântekst

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  discourse that surrounds a language unit and helps to determine its interpretation
  2. [n]  the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event; "the historical context"

CONTEXT is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: circumstance, context of use, linguistic context
 See Also: discourse, environment



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con*text"\, a. [L. contextus, p. p. of contexere to
    weave, to unite; con- + texere to weave. See {Text}.]
    Knit or woven together; close; firm. [Obs.]
          The coats, without, are context and callous. --Derham.
  2. \Con"text\, n. [L. contextus; cf. F. contexte .]
    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.
          According to all the light that the contexts afford.
  3. \Con*text"\, v. t.
    To knit or bind together; to unite closely. [Obs.] --Feltham.
          The whole world's frame, which is contexted only by
          commerce and contracts.                  --R. Junius.
Computing Dictionary

That which surrounds, and gives meaning to, something else.

In a grammar it refers to the symbols before and after the symbol under consideration. If the syntax of a symbol is independent of its context, the grammar is said to be context-free.

 Definition: an artifact's context usually consists of its immediate matrix (the material surrounding it e.g. gravel, clay, or sand), its provenience (horizontal and vertical position within the matrix), and its association with other artifacts (occurrence together with other archaeological remains, usually in the same matrix). "Primary context" refers to materials found in their original position; "secondary context" refers to materials which have been displaced and redeposited by disturbance factors; "geological context" is the relationship of the archaeological finds to geological strata.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: alentours, ambiance, ambience, ambit, background, borderlands, circle, circuit, circumambiencies, circumjacencies, circumstances, compass, entourage, environing circumstances, environment, environs, existing conditions, frame of reference, framework, full particulars, gestalt, habitat, ins and outs, milieu, neighborhood, outposts, outskirts, perimeter, periphery, precincts, purlieus, set of conditions, setting, situation, status quo, structure, suburbs, surround, surroundings, total environment, total situation, vicinage, vicinity, whole picture