Crossword clues for phrase
- An expression forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence but not containing a finite verb
- A short musical passage two to four measures long
- An expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
- Part of many a sentence
- Out of sight is one
- "On the run" is one
- "Upon my soul!" is one
- Something to coin
- "In the soup" is one
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Phrase \Phrase\, n. [F., fr. L. phrasis diction, phraseology, Gr. ?, fr. ? to speak.]
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.
A short, pithy expression; especially, one which is often employed; a peculiar or idiomatic turn of speech; as, to err is human.
A mode or form of speech; the manner or style in which any one expreses himself; diction; expression. ``Phrases of the hearth.''
Thou speak'st In better phrase and matter than thou didst.
(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 phrases.
Phrase book, a book of idiomatic phrases.
--J. S. Blackie.
Phrase \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.''
Phrase \Phrase\, v. i.
To use proper or fine phrases. [R.]
(Mus.) To group notes into phrases; as, he phrases well. See Phrase, n., 4.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1520s, "manner or style of expression," also "group of words with some unity," from Late Latin phrasis "diction," from Greek phrasis "speech, way of speaking, enunciation, phraseology," from phrazein "to express, tell," from phrazesthai "to consider," from PIE *gwhren- "to think" (see frenetic). The musical sense of "short passage" is from 1789.
"to put into a phrase," 1560s; see phrase (n.). Related: Phrased; phrasing.
n. 1 A short written or spoken expression. 2 (context grammar English) 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. vb. 1 (context intransitive music English) To perform a passage with the correct phrasing. 2 (context transitive music English) To divide into melodic phrases. 3 (context transitive English) To express (an action, thought or idea) by means of words.
n. an expression forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence but not containing a finite verb
a short musical passage [syn: musical phrase]
In everyday speech, a phrase may be any group of words, often carrying a special idiomatic meaning; in this sense it is roughly synonymous with expression. In linguistic analysis, a phrase is a group of words (or possibly a single word) that functions as a constituent in the syntax of a sentence, a single unit within a grammatical hierarchy. A phrase appears within a clause, but it is possible also for a phrase to be a clause or to contain a clause within it.
In music and music theory, phrase and phrasing are concepts and practices related to grouping consecutive melodic notes, both in their composition and performance. A musical work is typically made up of a melody that consists of numerous consecutive phrases. The notation used is similar to a tie and a slur. Even when no phrase markings are included in the notation, experienced instrumentalists and singers will add phrasing to melodic lines.
Harley Webster (born 1981) – better known as Phrase – is an Australian hip hop MC, originating from Melbourne.
A phrase may be a linguistic expression or a constituent in the grammatical analysis of a sentence.
Phrase may also refer to:
- Phrase (music)
- Phrase (fencing)
- Phrase (rapper)
Usage examples of "phrase".
The mistress of the house was fond of ready-made phrases, and she adopted this one, about Julien, very pleased at having invited an academician to dine with them.
She had the careful almost accentless voice of the language student, and her phrases seemed to have been adopted whole from the speech of the grownups around her.
Beethoven adagios, of which we find the most beautiful specimens naturally among the orchestral pieces and in the chamber music, where he could depend upon the long phrases and sustained tones of the violins.
The chief secret, however, of the origin of the peculiar phrases under consideration consisted in their striking fitness to the nature and facts of the case, their adaptedness to express these facts in a bold and vivid manner.
Arguments that may now be adduced to prove that the first eight Amendments were concealed within the historic phrasing of the Fourteenth Amendment were not unknown at the time of its adoption.
In a way, the adjective following the noun is treated as an extension of the noun proper, and so the case ending is added at the end of the whole phrase.
If you use an adjective to describe a physical attribute, make sure the phrase is not only accurate and sensory but fresh.
Often, the easiest way to avoid an adjective-based cliche is to free the phrase entirely from its adjective modifier.
There are certain times when an adverb or an adverbial phrase can be used to establish the motivation.
They are like the colossal strides of approaching Fate, and this awfulness is twice raised to a higher power, first by a searching, syncopated phrase in the violins which hovers loweringly over them, and next by a succession of afrighted minor scales ascending crescendo and descending piano, the change in dynamics beginning abruptly as the crest of each terrifying wave is reached.
He searches out pattern in the music of a phrase or the spell of an anagram, in the shapes of time or the weave of the universe.
He thought it might be an anagram, since the phrase makes little sense.
Cushions and bedclothes were scattered everywhere, colourful animatic dolls waddled around, either laughing or repeating their catch phrases.
The story is of course apocryphal, but it was widely told as a joke and thus perhaps is responsible for the popularity of the phrase.
The chanting was picked up by others, and soon most of the people were deeply involved in a mesmerizing sequence that consisted of repetitive phrases sung in a pulsating beat with little change in tone, alternating with arrhythmic drumming that had more tonal variation than the voices.