Associations to the word «Phrase»


PHRASE, noun. A short written or spoken expression.
PHRASE, noun. (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.
PHRASE, noun. (music) A small section of music in a larger piece.
PHRASE, noun. (archaic) A mode or form of speech; diction; expression.
PHRASE, verb. (intransitive) (music) To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.
PHRASE, verb. (transitive) (music) To divide into melodic phrases.
PHRASE, verb. (transitive) To express (an action, thought or idea) by means of words.
PHRASE BOOK, noun. A (usually pocket-sized) book consisting of everyday expressions and vocabulary in two languages and intended for travellers who wish to communicate with locals while in other countries (or regions in which a different language is spoken).
PHRASE BOOKS, noun. Plural of phrase book
PHRASE NAME, noun. (AU) (botany) An informal name given to a plant taxon that has not yet been given a formal scientific name. It consists of the generic name, "sp." (to indicate it is a species), a geographical or morphological identifier, and a collector's name and number representing a herbarium specimen.
PHRASE NAMES, noun. Plural of phrase name

Dictionary definition

PHRASE, noun. An expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence.
PHRASE, noun. A short musical passage.
PHRASE, noun. An expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up.
PHRASE, noun. Dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence.
PHRASE, verb. Put into words or an expression; "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees".
PHRASE, verb. Divide, combine, or mark into phrases; "phrase a musical passage".

Wise words

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Thomas Jefferson