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

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 Vin Scully was baseball’s Sinatra, a man who sang the song of the game with great timing and phrasing, without blowing a lyric, or dangling a participle. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 In describing the flights, CCTV used phrasing that could either mean the Su-35s were flying across the Taiwan Strait or through it. Joyu Wang, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022 Though guitar heroism often feels cold and self-regarding, obsessed with its own intent to blow you away, Kingfish’s command of tone, touch and phrasing comes across as not just confident but also confiding. Carlo Rotella, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 Touring violinists perform valiantly in the festival’s tricky open-air setting all the time, eking out minutiae in phrasing and dynamics against DuSable Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue’s rowdy counterpoints. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 18 July 2022 Streamlining your phrasing to remove negative nuances and replacing it with keywords that suggest a much more neutral approach can engage participation without friction. Goran Paun, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The final opinion is still to come, and of course justices can change their votes and their phrasing before opinions are formally released. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 3 May 2022 By turns restrained and robust, his imaginative phrasing revealed a gift for seizing the dramatic moment within a recording or arrangement. New York Times, 28 Sep. 2021 But Michael Spyres, his tenor usually trumpeting, sounded uneasy in the title role, his phrasing abrupt and the top of his voice strained. New York Times, 8 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of phrasing

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Phrasing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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