from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The wording of a speech or passage.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of phrase.
  • noun The way a statement is put together, particularly in matters of style and word choice.
  • noun music 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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