1. a computer program that divides code up into functional components
; - Example: "compilers must parse source code in order to translate it into object code"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
parser \pars"er\, n.
One who parses.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a computer program that divides code up into functional
components; "compilers must parse source code in order to
translate it into object code"
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
An algorithm or program to determine the
syntactic structure of ("parse") a sentence or string of
symbols in some language. A parser normally takes as input a
sequence of tokens output by a lexical analyser. It may
produce some kind of abstract syntax tree as output. A
parser may be produced automatically from a grammar by a
parser generators such as yacc.
A parser is normally part of some larger program, like a
compiler, which takes the output of the parser and attempts
to extract meaning from it in some way, e.g. translating it
into another language.