from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In musical notation, a sweeping curve over or under notes that are to be performed connectedly and as forming a single phrase.
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The tendency seems at present to be in the direction of using the slur (_in instrumental music_) as a phrase-mark exclusively, it being understood that unless there is some direction to the contrary, the tones are to be performed in a connected manner.
B. _As a phrase-mark_, in the interpretation of which the first tone of the phrase is often accented slightly, and the last one shortened in value.