[frey-zing] /ˈfreɪ zɪŋ/
the act of forming .
a manner or method of forming ; phraseology.
Music. the grouping of the notes of a musical line into distinct .
Rhetoric. a word or group of spoken words that the mind focuses on momentarily as a meaningful unit and is preceded and followed by pauses.
a characteristic, current, or proverbial expression:
a hackneyed phrase.
Music. a division of a composition, commonly a passage of four or eight measures, forming part of a period.
a way of speaking, mode of expression, or phraseology:
a book written in the phrase of the West.
a brief utterance or remark:
In a phrase, he’s a dishonest man.
Dance. a sequence of motions making up part of a choreographic pattern.
verb (used with object), phrased, phrasing.
to express or word in a particular way:
to phrase an apology well.
to express in words:
to phrase one’s thoughts.
verb (used without object), phrased, phrasing.
Music. to perform a passage or piece with proper phrasing.
the way in which something is expressed, esp in writing; wording
(music) the division of a melodic line, part, etc, into musical phrases
a group of words forming an immediate syntactic constituent of a clause Compare clause (sense 1), noun phrase, verb phrase
a particular expression, esp an original one
(music) a small group of notes forming a coherent unit of melody
(in choreography) a short sequence of dance movements
(music) to divide (a melodic line, part, etc) into musical phrases, esp in performance
to express orally or in a phrase
1610s, verbal noun from phrase (v.).
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.
A group of grammatically connected words within a sentence: “One council member left in a huff”; “She got much satisfaction from planting daffodil bulbs.” Unlike clauses, phrases do not have both a subject and a predicate.
[fahy-let-iks] /faɪˈlɛt ɪks/ noun, (used with a singular verb) Biology. 1. .
1. variant of before a vowel: phyllite. 1. variant of -phyllo as final element of compound words: sporophyll. combining form 1. leaf: chlorophyll
[fil-uh-ree] /ˈfɪl ə ri/ noun, plural phyllaries. Botany. 1. one of the bracts forming the involucre or the head or inflorescence of a composite plant.
/ˈfɪlɪd/ noun 1. (botany) the leaf of a liverwort or moss