phras·​ing | \ ˈfrā-ziŋ How to pronounce phrasing (audio) \

Definition of phrasing

1 : style of expression : phraseology
2 : the act, method, or result of grouping notes into musical phrases

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Examples of phrasing in a Sentence

The phrasing of the instructions was confusing. a singer known for her elegant phrasing
Recent Examples on the Web This is meaningful phrasing - less monitoring of social developments and more specific responsibility for reducing GHG emissions – directed at a company that is amongst the oil and gas company leaders in addressing climate change. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Her voice is slightly thin and nasal but her phrasing is open and conversational. Mark Richardson, WSJ, 2 June 2021 The risk phrasing suggests there is uncertainty about if and how climate change will play out, without explicitly questioning the science. Justin Worland, Time, 13 May 2021 So did his vocal phrasing, guitar work, time signatures and even the musical style in which a song was being performed. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2021 Known in his early career for playing the guitar and the harmonica, and for his distinctive vocal phrasing. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 6 May 2021 The Summerfest representative said that new phrasing has already been added on its admission tickets. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, 21 Apr. 2021 The singers who sit in with the band vary widely in skill, but one of the best is young Elisabeth Waters, who possesses a light tone, elegant phrasing, and sure pitch., 10 May 2021 Dubois focusses on Nadia, bringing to bear elegant phrasing and luminous tone. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of phrasing

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of phrasing was in 1611

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20 Jun 2021

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“Phrasing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of phrasing

: the way something is expressed in words : the particular words or the order of words that are used to express something
music : the act of grouping notes together in a particular way

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