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.”
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 phrases.
Phrase book, a book of idiomatic phrases.
Phrase, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Phrased p. pr. & vb. n. Phrasing.] To express in words, or in peculiar words; to call; to style. “These suns -- for so they phrase 'em.”
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.
n 1: an expression forming a grammatical constituent of a
sentence but not containing a finite verb
2: a short musical passage [syn: musical phrase]
3: an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the
meanings of the words that make it up [syn: idiom, idiomatic
expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase]
v : put into words or an expression; "He formulated his concerns
to the board of trustees" [syn: give voice, formulate,