3. A word or group of words read or spoken as a unit and separated by pauses or other junctures.
4. Grammar Two or more words in sequence that form a syntactic unit that is less than a complete sentence.
5. Music A short passage or segment, often consisting of four measures or forming part of a larger unit.
6. A series of dance movements forming a unit in a choreographic pattern.
v.phrased, phras·ing, phras·es
1. To express orally or in writing: The speaker phrased several opinions.
2. To pace or mark off (something read aloud or spoken) by pauses.
a. To divide (a passage) into phrases.
b. To combine (notes) in a phrase.
1. To make or render phrases, as in reading aloud.
2. Music To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.
[Latin phrasis, diction, from Greek, speech, diction, phrase, from phrazein, to point out, show; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots.]
phrase /frez/ n. a usu. brief group of words that is not a sentence but may form part of a sentence: Down the hill is a phrase in The ball rolled down the hill. v. [T] phrased, phrasing, phrases to express s.t. with carefully chosen words: She phrased her question politely, using the word please.