Origin of phrasing
- 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.
- 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.
- to express or word in a particular way: to phrase an apology well.
- to express in words: to phrase one's thoughts.
- to mark off or bring out the phrases of (a piece), especially in execution.
- to group (notes) into a phrase.
- Music. to perform a passage or piece with proper phrasing.
Origin of phrase
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Examples from the Web for phrasing
And look at how mild her phrasing was: The South “has not always been the friendliest place” for black people.Why You Can’t Tell the Truth About Race
November 3, 2014
Gaga is especially convincing at slower tempos, and this is where weaknesses in phrasing are typically most exposed.Can Lady Gaga Do Jazz?
September 22, 2014
This is a more diplomatic way of phrasing my first post-election suggestion: "Insult fewer people next time."Bravo to the RNC's Big Steps Forward
March 20, 2013
“That phrasing was very clumsy and poorly expresses my thoughts,” she explained.Twitter Campaign Forces Carla Bruni-Sarkozy to Backpedal on Feminism
December 1, 2012
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
April 10, 2012
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
The phrasing was unfortunate, though its conciliatory intention was obvious.Cleo The Magnificent
No amount of hacking work can take away the eloquence of this phrasing.Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
He hung fire; he wanted me to help him by phrasing what he meant.The Real Thing and Other Tales
For Bathsheba's phrasing of life was in the monosyllables of a rigid faith.The Guardian Angel
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
- the way in which something is expressed, esp in writing; wording
- music the division of a melodic line, part, etc, into musical phrases
- music to divide (a melodic line, part, etc) into musical phrases, esp in performance
- to express orally or in a phrase
Word Origin and History for phrasing
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.