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. (noun)
A small section of music in a larger piece. (noun)
(music) To perform a passage with the correct phrasing. (verb)
To express (an action, thought or idea) by means of words. (verb)
(music) To divide into melodic phrases. (verb)
Examples of word phrase
-- _Compose sentences in which each of these three participles shall be used as an adjective modifier, as the principal word in a prepositional phrase, as the principal word in a phrase used as a subject or as an object complement, as a mere adjective, as a mere noun, and in an absolute phrase_: --
The +infinitive phrase+ may be used +after a preposition+ as the +principal term+ of another phrase.
The process of extension or expansion, by means of which the phrase usually assumes a somewhat irregular length, consists mainly in the varied repetition of the figures or motives that it contains; and the continuity of the whole, as extension of the _one phrase_, is maintained by suppressing the cadence -- suspending all cadential interruption -- during the lengthening process.
-- A third method consists in expanding the period into a double-period (precisely as the phrase was lengthened into a double-phrase, or period), _by avoiding a perfect cadence at the end of the second phrase_, and adding another pair of phrases to balance the first pair.
"cadence-measure of the old phrase" is unquestionably _at the same time the first measure, or actual beginning, of the new phrase_.