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

<grammar> 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.



a segment of a text or speech, relatively complete in thought, in which the sense and meaning of each of its words (phrases) or quoted expressions is set forth in the most concrete and exact way.

Outside of the context (“taken out of context”) in which a quotation is linked stylistically and semantically, it can take on another, even opposite, meaning. In literature the context deter-mines the concrete content, the expressiveness, and the stylistic nuances not only of individual words, phrases, and utterances but of the different artistic methods as well (including poetic figures and verse rhythms). The context also determines the stylistic choice of words (for example, A. Blok wrote a note about the character of Gaetan while he was working on his play The Rose and the Cross; “not eyes but orbs, not hair but curls, not mouth but lips”). Breaking the context destroys the artistic unity of a text and the artistic image itself (it is impossible, for example, to catch the irony of something outside of its context). Placing something out of context, however, is sometimes used for stylistic effects, as in the case of parody.


The current status, condition or mode of a system. See context aware and context sensitive help.
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DAP promote meaningful learning for each child while accounting for a variety of cultural contexts.
That is, all career interventions are situated within a cultural context (Leong & Hartung, 1997) that is shaped by the client's and the counselor's cultural characteristics.
The meaning of these results and the comparisons between them stand on the quality of the measures used and the extent to which the test designers succeeded in creating questions which were relevant to students in different cultural contexts.
Similarly, when a woman learns that her partner is having sex with another person, and her sense of risk increases, in some cultural contexts her perceived right to covert protection may also increase.
The cultural context is vital for determining usability and, to some extent, for functionality.
Rethinking intelligence; conceptualising human competence in cultural context.
Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotion in the New Testament is a studious and pious examination of the role emotion plays in the New Testament, how it has been perceived by New Testament writers in cultural context, and how emotion affects modern Christian faith, theology, and ethics in an essential role.
Nevertheless, this admirable study demonstrates the seasons are a vital cultural context in American life.
Yet despite his stylistic uniqueness and his still fresh presence within the American literary and cultural context, in the E.
The unlikely teaming of wise jester and virile strongman recalls the dynamic between the Fool and Zampano in Fellini's 1954 film ``La Strada,'' or, in a different cultural context, the partnership of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin.
The third dimension of the nature of science is the impact of cultural context--that the development of scientific knowledge cannot be isolated from the cultural context.
When tests are based on theories that are sensitive to cultural context and environmental influences, then structural equivalence is less likely to be observed.

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