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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of making phrases.
  • n. The manner in which an expression is phrased.
  • n. Music The manner in which a phrase is rendered or interpreted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of phrase.
  • n. The way a statement is put together, particularly in matters of style and word choice.
  • n. The way the musical phrases are put together in a composition or in its interpretation, with changes in tempo, volume, or emphasizing one or more instruments over others.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Method of expression; association of words.
  • n. The act or method of grouping the notes so as to form distinct musical phrases.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The wording of a speech or passage.
  • n. In music, the act, process, or result of dividing a piece in performance into short sections or phrases, so as to give it form and clearness. Skill in phrasing is one of the chief qualities of a good performer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the manner in which something is expressed in words
  • n. the grouping of musical phrases in a melodic line

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  • phra-sing sings the song

    June 19, 2011