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Definition of Phrase

Phrase

  1. A brief expression, sometimes a single word, but usually two or more words forming an expression by themselves, or being a portion of a sentence; as, an adverbial phrase.
  2. A short, pithy expression; especially, one which is often employed; a peculiar or idiomatic turn of speech; as, to err is human.
  3. A mode or form of speech; the manner or style in which any one expreses himself; diction; expression.
  4. A short clause or portion of a period.
  5. To express in words, or in peculiar words; to call; to style.
  6. To use proper or fine phrases.
  7. To group notes into phrases; as, he phrases well. See Phrase, n., 4.

Phrase Quotations

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
Isaac Asimov

It's so important to keep a marriage alive with small treats and doing little things for each other. Just remembering to say nice things and to have listening time is vital. That ghastly phrase 'quality time' means taking three minutes to sit down and be still with someone rather than yelling over your shoulder as you rush out.
Joanna Lumley

The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.
Jacques Yves Cousteau

Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a challenge to the moral imagination.
Al Gore

The American Dream is a phrase we'll have to wrestle with all of our lives. It means a lot of things to different people. I think we're redefining it now.
Rita Dove
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Phrase Translations

phrase in French is revirement, locution
phrase in German is Satz, Redensart
phrase in Italian is formulare, frase, volta
phrase in Spanish is virada, formular, locucion
phrase in Swedish is fras, uttryck
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