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Explanation of phrase by Wordnet Dictionary

phrase


    Verb
    1. divide, combine, or mark into phrases

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

    Noun
    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

    phrase


    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.