Phrase

In music a phrase is a short clause or portion of a period. A composition consists first of sentences, or periods; these are subdivided into sections, and these are in turn subdivided into phrases.
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phrase

a term which designates a musical thought (akin to a clause or sentence in language); phrases end with cadences, a kind of musical punctuation in which the musical tension is released.
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phrase

[n] - a short musical passage 2. [n] - an expression forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence but not containing a finite verb
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Phrase

a group of words, smaller than a clause, which forms a grammatical unit
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phrase

(Verb chain / phrase) A verb chain has a head word that is a main verb along with one or more 'helper' or auxiliary verbs. Many grammarians reserve the term verb chain for the verb elements alone and use the term verb phrase to include any adverbials that function to modify it, e.g. The car was parked / on the pavement. Grammatically, a verb chain ...
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Phrase

(Phrase (phrasal)) A phrase is a key grammatical unit and so is something you need to get to grips with. A phrase is a group of words that shares a close relationship. This means that a phrase acts as a unit with individual meaning, but without being sufficiently complete in its meaning to form a clause or sentence. A phrase acts in the same way ...
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Phrase

A musical sentence
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Phrase

a sequence of fencing movements performed without a break
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Phrase

a sequence of fencing movements performed without a break
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Phrase

A phrase is a group of words that act as one unit. So dog is a word, but the dog, a big dog or that dog over there are all phrases. Strictly speaking, a phrase can also consist of just one word. For example, in the sentence Dogs are nice, 'dogs' and 'nice' are both one-word phrases. A phrase can function as a noun, an adjective or an adverb: a nou...
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Phrase

Phrase noun [ French, from Latin phrasis diction, phraseology, Greek ..., from ... to speak.] 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 . « 'Conv...
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Phrase

Phrase transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Phrased ; present participle & verbal noun Phrasing .] [ Confer French phraser .] To express in words, or in peculiar words; to call; to style. 'These suns -- for so they phra...
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Phrase

Phrase intransitive verb 1. To use proper or fine phrases. [ R.] 2. (Mus.) To group notes into phrases; as, he phrases well. See Phrase , noun , 4.
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phrase

noun dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence
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phrase

noun a short musical passage
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Phrase

• (v. i.) To group notes into phrases; as, he phrases well. See Phrase, n., 4. • (v. t.) To express in words, or in peculiar words; to call; to style. • (n.) 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. •...
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(from the article `dance`) ...Dances, however, are rarely if ever a loose collection of isolated movements. One of the most important features of any choreographer`s style is ...
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phrase

(from the article `musical form`) ...brief consideration of melody, which may be defined as an organized succession of musical tones. This succession of tones consists of component ... Many monophonic songs resemble Gregorian chant, although without lengthy melismas. Others present a more modern sound through the use of the major ... ...
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phrase

phrase 1. A string of words that form a grammatical unit; usually, within a clause or sentence. 2. A string of words that are used together and have an idiomatic meaning. 3. A group of words that form a unit of meaning, or rhythm, in prose or poetry; often separated by punctuation in writing and by pauses in speech.
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phrase

(language) In grammar, a group of words identifiable as a unit but without a main verb, although non-finite verbs and the use of participles are common. Unlike a clause, a phrase can never be a complete sentence. Five kinds of phrase are identifiable: noun phrase, verb, adjectival, adv...
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phrase

(music) In music, one of the most basic structural units of melody. It consists of a group of notes that give the impression of belonging together. There is no fixed length for a phrase, but the most usual is four bars. In the 19th century, some composers, such as Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and...
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Phrase

A single line of music played or sung. A musical sentence.
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Phrase

[music] In music and music theory, phrase and phrasing are concepts and practices related to grouping consecutive melodic notes, both in their composition and performance. A musical work is typically made up of a melody that consists of numerous consecutive phrases. The notation used is similar to a tie and a slur. ==Musical phrase (theoret...
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phrase

A group of words that contains a subject or verb but not both
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phrase

a group of words that are used together in a fixed expression
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