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Meaning of PHRASE

Pronunciation:  freyz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an expression forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence but not containing a finite verb
  2. [n]  a short musical passage
  3. [n]  an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
  4. [v]  put into words or an expression; "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"

PHRASE is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: articulate, formulate, idiom, idiomatic expression, musical phrase, phrasal idiom, set phrase, word
 See Also: air, ask, cast, catch phrase, catchphrase, construction, couch, dogmatise, dogmatize, evince, express, expression, formularise, formularize, frame, grammatical construction, head word, headword, lexicalise, lexicalize, ligature, line, locution, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, modifier, musical passage, noun phrase, ostinato, passage, predicate, prepositional phrase, put, qualifier, redact, response, saying, show, strain, tune, verb phrase



Webster's 1913 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.
    Note: A composition consists first of sentences, or periods;
          these are subdivided into sections, and these into
    {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.
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