- the act or manner of formulating phrases; phraseology
- the manner in which one phrases musical passages
- The act of making phrases.
- The manner in which an expression is phrased.
- Music The manner in which a phrase is rendered or interpreted.
- Present participle of phrase.
- The way a statement is put together, particularly in matters of style and word choice.
- 1870 But for the Sir Walter disease, the character of the Southerner -- or Southron, according to Sir Walter's starchier way of phrasing it -- would be wholly modern, in place of modern and medieval mixed, and the South would be fully a generation further advanced than it is. Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, Chapter 46.
- (music) The way the musical phrases are put together in a composition or in its interpretation, with changes in tempo, volume, or emphasizing one or more instruments over others.
- 1891 The grand difficulty in the opening andante movement of Casta Diva lies in its broad, sustained phrasing, in the long, generous undulation of its rhythm, which with most singers drags or gets broken out of symmetry. Jenny Lind conceived and did it truly. Joel Benton, Life of Hon. Phineas T. Barnum, Chapter 17.
Variant of phrase
- a manner or style of speech or expression; phraseology
- a short, colorful or forceful expression
- a connected series of movements in a formal dance
- Gram. a sequence of two or more words conveying a single thought or forming a distinct part of a sentence but not containing a subject and predicate
- Linguis. a group of words that functions as a syntactic unit
- Music a short, distinct part or passage, usually of two, four, or eight measures
Origin of phraseClassical Latin phrasis, diction ; from Classical Greek ; from phrazein, to speak