Definition for phrasing (2 of 2)
- a sequence of two or more words arranged in a grammatical construction and acting as a unit in a sentence.
- (in English) a sequence of two or more words that does not contain a finite verb and its subject or that does not consist of clause elements such as subject, verb, object, or complement, as a preposition and a noun or pronoun, an adjective and noun, or an adverb and verb.
verb (used with object), phrased, phras·ing.
- to mark off or bring out the phrases of (a piece), especially in execution.
- to group (notes) into a phrase.
verb (used without object), phrased, phras·ing.
Origin of phrase
SYNONYMS FOR phrase
Related formsmis·phrase, verb (used with object), mis·phrased, mis·phras·ing.un·phrased, adjective
Can be confusedfrays phrase (see synonym study at the current entry)
Examples from the Web for phrasing
Gaga is especially convincing at slower tempos, and this is where weaknesses in phrasing are typically most exposed.
This is a more diplomatic way of phrasing my first post-election suggestion: "Insult fewer people next time."
“That phrasing was very clumsy and poorly expresses my thoughts,” she explained.Twitter Campaign Forces Carla Bruni-Sarkozy to Backpedal on Feminism|Tracy McNicoll|December 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Many readers thought our phrasing of "fairness" was a bit vague and made the question hard to answer.Poll Results: President Should Keep Campaigning on Fairness|David Frum|April 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Under Chinese law, the phrasing is the closest equivalent to "being released on bail."
The phrasing of the official translation has everywhere been followed.The Life of George Borrow|Herbert Jenkins
Matter of fact phrasing, not phrasing too "literary" in spots, is most suitable.The Technique of Fiction Writing|Robert Saunders Dowst
With these entries under his eye the speaker need think only of the phrasing of his remarks.Public Speaking|Clarence Stratton
I have only one reply for these persons; and, phrasing it as politely as I can, I say to them that they are all liars.The Old Game|Samuel G. Blythe
She probably had no definitely mischievous motive in the phrasing of this.It Never Can Happen Again|William De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for phrasing (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for phrasing (2 of 2)
Word Origin for phrase
Culture definitions for 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.