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Explanation of phrase by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. divide, combine, or mark into phrases

    2. phrase a musical passage
    3. put into words or an expression

    1. dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence

    2. an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence

    3. a short musical passage

    4. an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

    Definition of phrase by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Phrase n. [F., fr. L. phrasis diction, phraseology, Gr. , fr. to speak.]
      1. A brief expression, sometimes a single word, but usually two or more words forming an expression by themselves, or being a portion of a sentence; as, “an adverbial phrase”.

      “Convey” the wise it call. “Steal!” foh! a fico for the phrase. Shak.

      2. A short, pithy expression; especially, one which is often employed; a peculiar or idiomatic turn of speech; as, “to err is human”.

      3. A mode or form of speech; the manner or style in which any one expreses himself; diction; expression. “Phrases of the hearth.” Tennyson.

      Thou speak'st

      In better phrase and matter than thou didst. Shak.

      4. ( Mus. ) A short clause or portion of a period.

      ☞ A composition consists first of sentences, or periods; these are subdivided into sections, and these into phrases.

      Phrase book, a book of idiomatic phrases. J. S. Blackie.

    2. Phrase, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Phrased ; p. pr. & vb. n. Phrasing.] [Cf. F. phraser.] To express in words, or in peculiar words; to call; to style. “These suns -- for so they phrase 'em.” Shak.

    3. Phrase, v. i.
      1. To use proper or fine phrases. [R.]

      2. ( Mus. ) To group notes into phrases; as, “he phrases well”. See Phrase, n., 4.