1. A brief
expression, sometimes a single
or more words forming an expression
by themselves, or being
a portion of a offer; as, an adverbial phrase. ""Convey" the clever it call. "Steal!" foh! a fico for the phrase." (Shak)
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
of speech; the manner
or style in which any one expreses himself; diction; expression. "Phrases of the hearth." "Thou speak'st In better phrase
than thou didst." (Shak)
4. A short
clause or portion of a period.
of sentences, or periods; these are subdivided into
sections, and these into
phrases. Phrase book, a book
Origin: F, fr. L. Phrasis diction, phraseology, Gr, fr. To speak.
Source: Websters Vocabulary