Explanation of phrase by Wordnet Dictionary
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Definition of phrase by GCIDE Dictionary