A phrase is a group of related words that does not make a complete statement For example the following groups of words are phrases (specifically, prepositional phrases): in the beginning, behind the house, before the storm
A phrase is a 'clause element'; this means that a clause (and so a sentence ) is built from phrases (usually noun and verb phrases) A phrase is a group of words that act together as a kind of 'independent unit' - this means that it has meaning together rather than as individual words Each of the words in a phrase have a kind of invisible "word glue" that exists between them to give it its coherent quality Some examples of phrases are: the silly old man (a noun phrase); a fleeting moment (a noun phrase); at three o'clock (an adverbial phrase); almost perfectly spherical (an adjectival phrase); will not go (verb phrase); after a while (prepositional phrase) The important thing to notice about phrases is that they are built around a central word (called the head word of the phrase) In a noun phrase, the head word is a noun, and so on
More than one KEYWORD, searched exactly as keyed (all terms required to be in documents, in the order keyed) Enclosing keywords in quotations " " forms a phrase in AltaVista, , and some other search tools Some times a phrase is called a "character string "
A sequence of words Search engines will usually give the option of a phrase search The search engine will look for occurrences of the particular sequence of words entered
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
a group of two or more grammatically related words that form a sense unit expressing a thought The phrase has the force of a single part of speech, such as a noun or adverb For example, "two or more grammatically related words" is a phrase representing a noun
A melodic idea that acts as a complete thought, something like a sentence A melody will contain many phrases, just like a story contains many sentences This melody has four phrases
A relatively short portion of a melodic line which expresses a musical idea, comparable to a line or sentence in poetry
A phrase is a small group of words which forms a unit, either on its own or within a sentence. It is impossible to hypnotise someone simply by saying a particular word or phrase
Two or more words separated by spaces For example, Monterey otter is interpreted as a phrase and both must be present and together to be found Such a search would not find documents containing sea otter or Monterey Bay
If you phrase something in a particular way, you express it in words in that way. I would have phrased it quite differently They phrased it as a question
A self-contained portion of melody, such as what would correspond to one line of lyrics
in grammar, a group of words not containing a verb that act as one unit Some phrases act as nouns, for example a confident teacher; some as adjectives, for example 'she is exceptionally competent' and some as adverbs, for example 'he retired very recently ' Many phrases are prepositional phrases (See preposition )
– A musical statement or “sentence,” having a beginning, middle and end
1 A segment of a musical composition, usually consisting of four or eight measures (2, 4, 8, 12, or 16 measures in the music used for ice dancing) 2 A series of dance movements forming a unit in a choreographic pattern
A group of words used together to express a concept, but unlike a clause, it does not contain both a subject and a verb
A word or group of words that functions as a single unit in the syntax of a sentence, usually consisting of a head, or central word, and elaborating words. In the noun phrase the big bird, for example, the noun, bird is the head
an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
a short musical expression, several of which comprise an entire tune or melody The phrase structure provides insight into the shape, aesthetics, and psychodynamics of the tune The fiddle tunes in this collection typically have two strains, each of which is composed of four phrases or eight subphrases In the Musical Features section of the bibliographic record for each tune, phrases are indicated by capital letters and subphrases are in parentheses in lowercase letters Thus a phrase structure described as ABA'B QRQS (abcd ab'cd qrst qrud) indicates a tune of two strains, each composed of four phrases The first strain (ABA'B) consists of an initial phrase (A), a different second phrase (B), a third phrase repeating the first phrase with a significant alteration (A'), and a fourth phrase repeating the second phrase (B) The same first strain can be broken down into eight subphrases: (abcd) repeated with a significant alteration of the second subphrase (ab'cd)
A single musical idea, or element Usually very short, often consisting of only one or two measures
an expression forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence but not containing a finite verb a short musical passage
A mode or form of speech; the manner or style in which any one expreses himself; diction; expression
A phrase is a short group of words that people often use as a way of saying something. The meaning of a phrase is often not obvious from the meaning of the individual words in it. He used a phrase I hate: `You have to be cruel to be kind.'
Tom could have phrased his answer more politely. - Tom could've phrased his answer more politely.
Just how tiresome was it to argue straight against the phrase Don't blindly follow the lead of the United States! - Just how tiresome was it to argue straight against the phrase Don't blindly follow America's lead!
A (usually pocket-sized) book consisting of everyday expressions and vocabulary in two languages and intended for travellers who wish to communicate with locals while in other countries (or regions in which a different language is spoken)
A phrase book is a book used by people travelling to a foreign country. It has lists of useful words and expressions, together with the translation of each word or expression in the language of that country. We bought a Danish phrase book. A book of foreign language expressions and their translations
A common expression whose words cannot be replaced by synonymous words without compromising the meaning
If it proves clearly unfeasible to make the audience laugh at a thin and far-fetched joke, it is always better to change the way the joke works . . . for instance, a pun based on the speaker's taking literally some set phrase or metaphor with a pun based on phonetic similarity.
(Dilbilim) In linguistics, a determiner phrase (DP) is a syntactic category, a phrase headed by a determiner. In English and many other languages, determiner phrases have a noun phrase as a complement. This is opposed to the alternative view that determiners are specifiers of the noun phrase. The overwhelming majority of grammarians today adopt the DP hypothesis in some form or other
A noun phrase (often abbreviated to NP) is a linguistic expression whose head is a common noun, a proper name, or a pronoun: a dog dogs rice beauty Shelly she Examples a - d are common noun phrases In English, only mass and abstract common nouns can function alone as noun phrases, as in examples c and d above Common count nouns must have a determiner (a ) or be in plural form (b ) in noun phrases Noun phrases can also have adjective, preposition phrase, and relative clause modifiers: Let he [who is without sin] cast the [first] stone the [big bad] wolf She married the boy [next door] a cat [on the mat] In these examples, the modifiers appear in square brackets
a complete construction headed by a noun It can be substituted by, or act as antecedent for, a pronoun of the appropriate sort: The man who I saw yesterday has just knocked at the door Can you let him in?
it is true that I am an old man; broadly, however, it remains true that ; it also/ certainly/ equally/ indeed/ quite/ really/ surely/ undoubtedly true that ; it does seem to be true that ; to be the true successor of s o ; the true reason is that ; to reveal one´s true self; in general terms that situation was a true prisoner´s dilemma; to constitute true patriotism; to be the true owner of the land; that is true of all life; but I fear this is true only in the simplest cases; a statement is true or false; to give a true picture of s th ; it was true to this claim
A prepositional phrase is a structure consisting of a preposition and its object. Examples are `on the table' and `by the sea'. A phrase that consists of a preposition and its object and has adjectival or adverbial value, such as in the house in the people in the house or by him in The book was written by him. a phrase beginning with a preposition, such as 'in bed' or 'at war'
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