Phrase

Definition of Phrase

n.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.
Thou speak'st
In better phrase and matter than thou didst.
- Shak.
4.(Mus.) A short clause or portion of a period.
Phrase book
a book of idiomatic phrases.
- J. S. Blackie.
v. t.1.To express in words, or in peculiar words; to call; to style.
[imp. & p. p. Phrased ; p. pr. & vb. n. Phrasing.]
v. i.1.To use proper or fine phrases.
2.(Mus.) To group notes into phrases; as, he phrases well. See Phrase, n., 4.

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