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phrase (plural phrases)
noun phrase: the big bird - head: bird
- A short written or spoken expression.
- (grammar) 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.
2013 November 30, Paul Davis, “Letters: Say it as simply as possible”, The Economist, volume 409, number 8864:
- Congratulations on managing to use the phrase “preponderant criterion” in a chart (“On your marks”, November 9th). Was this the work of a kakorrhaphiophobic journalist set a challenge by his colleagues, or simply an example of glossolalia?
- (music) A small section of music in a larger piece.
- (archaic) A mode or form of speech; diction; expression.
- phrases of the hearth
- Thou speak'st / In better phrase and matter than thou didst.
Terms derived from the noun phrase
short written or spoken expression
grammar: group of two or more words that express an idea but do not form a complete sentence
music: small section of music in a larger piece
Translations to be checked
- (intransitive, music) To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.
- (transitive, music) To divide into melodic phrases.
- (transitive) To express (an action, thought or idea) by means of words.
- These suns — for so they phrase 'em.
to express by means of words
music: to divide into melodic phrases
- phrase in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- phrase in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
phrase f (plural phrases)
- (false friend) sentence
- “phrase” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).