Webster 1913 Edition
[F., fr. L.
phrasisdiction, phraseology, Gr. [GREEK], fr. [GREEK] 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.
“Convey” the wise it call. “Steal!” foh! a fico for the
A short, pithy expression; especially, one which is often employed; a peculiar or idiomatic turn of speech;
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.”
phraseand matter than thou didst.
A short clause or portion of a period.
☞ A composition consists first of sentences, or periods; these are subdivided into sections, and these into phrases.
a book of idiomatic phrases.
J. S. Blackie.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To express in words, or in peculiar words; to call; to style.“These suns – for so they phrase 'em.”
To use proper or fine phrases.
To group notes into phrases;
as, he. See
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A short sentence or expression. A phrase may be complete, as when it conveys complete sense, as humanum est errare, to err is human; or it may be incomplete, as when it consists of several words without affirming any thing, or when the noun and the verb do the office of a noun only; as, that which is true, that is, truth, satisfied the mind.
2.A particular mode of speech; a peculiar sentence of short idiomatic expression; as a Hebrew phrase; an Italian phrase.
In better phrase.
4.In music, any regular symmetrical course of notes which begin and complete the intended expression.
For so they phrase them.