Webster 1913 Edition
The science which treats of the principles of language; the study of forms of speech, and their relations to one another; the art concerned with the right use and application of the rules of a language, in speaking or writing.
☞ The whole fabric of grammar rests upon the classifying of words according to their function in the sentence.
The art of speaking or writing with correctness or according to established usage; speech considered with regard to the rules of a grammar.
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A treatise on the principles of language; a book containing the principles and rules for correctness in speaking or writing.
treatise on the elements or principles of any science;
as, a grammar of geography.
the science which determines the relations of kindred languages by examining and comparing their grammatical forms.–
A school, usually endowed, in which Latin and Greek grammar are taught, as also other studies preparatory to colleges or universities; as, the famous Rugby Grammar School. This use of the word is more common in England than in the United States.
To discourse according to the rules of grammar; to use grammar.
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Webster 1828 Edition
1.In practice, the art of speaking or writing a language with propriety or correctness, according to established usage.
As a science, grammar treats of the natural connection between ideas and words, and develops the principles which are common to all languages.
2.A system of general principles and of particular rules for speaking or writing a language; or digested compilation of customary forms of speech in a nation; also, a book containing such principles and rules.
3.Propriety of speech. To write grammar, we must write according to the practice of good writers and speakers.