Definitions for phrasefreɪz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

phrasefreɪz(n.; v.)phrased, phras•ing.

  1. (n.)a sequence of two or more words arranged in a grammatical unit and lacking a finite verb or such elements of clause structure as subject and verb, as a preposition and a noun or pronoun, an adjective and noun, or an adverb and verb, esp. such a construction acting as a unit in a sentence.

    Category: Grammar

  2. a characteristic, current, or proverbial expression.

  3. a way of speaking, mode of expression, or phraseology.

  4. a brief utterance or remark.

  5. a division of a musical composition, commonly a passage of four or eight measures, forming part of a period.

    Category: Music and Dance

  6. a sequence of dance motions making up part of a choreographic pattern.

    Category: Music and Dance

  7. (v.t.)to express or word in a particular way.

  8. to express in words.

  9. to mark off or bring out the phrases of (a piece of music), esp. in execution. to group (notes) into a phrase.

    Category: Music and Dance

  10. (v.i.)to perform a musical passage or piece with proper phrasing.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of phrase:

1520–30; (n.) back formation from phrases, pl. of earlier phrasis < L: diction, style < Gk phrásis, der. of phrázein to show

Princeton's WordNet

  1. phrase(noun)

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

  2. phrase, musical phrase(noun)

    a short musical passage

  3. idiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrase(noun)

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

  4. phrase(verb)

    dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence

  5. give voice, formulate, word, phrase, articulate(verb)

    put into words or an expression

    "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"

  6. phrase(verb)

    divide, combine, or mark into phrases

    "phrase a musical passage"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. phrase(noun)ɪz

    a group of words with a fixed order and its own meaning

    a dictionary containing thousands of words and phrases

  2. phraseɪz

    a group of words that form a unit within a clause or sentence

    a prepositional phrase

Wiktionary

  1. phrase(Noun)

    A short written or spoken expression.

  2. phrase(Noun)

    A word or group of words that functions as a single unit in the syntax of a sentence, usually consisting of a head, or central word, and elaborating words.

  3. phrase(Noun)

    A small section of music in a larger piece.

  4. phrase(Verb)

    To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.

  5. phrase(Verb)

    To express (an action, thought or idea) by means of words.

  6. phrase(Verb)

    To divide into melodic phrases.

  7. Origin: From phrasis, from φράσις, from φράζω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phrase(noun)

    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

  2. Phrase(noun)

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

  3. Phrase(noun)

    a mode or form of speech; the manner or style in which any one expreses himself; diction; expression

  4. Phrase(noun)

    a short clause or portion of a period

  5. Phrase(verb)

    to express in words, or in peculiar words; to call; to style

  6. Phrase(verb)

    to use proper or fine phrases

  7. Phrase(verb)

    to group notes into phrases; as, he phrases well. See Phrase, n., 4

Freebase

  1. Phrase

    In everyday speech, a phrase may refer to any group of words. In linguistics, a phrase is a group of words that form a constituent and so function as a single unit in the syntax of a sentence. A phrase is lower on the grammatical hierarchy than a clause.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'phrase' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3359

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'phrase' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2607

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'phrase' in Nouns Frequency: #1054


Translations for phrase

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

phrase(noun)

a small group of words (usually without a finite verb) which forms part of an actual or implied sentence

He arrived

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