phrasing

noun

phras·​ing ˈfrā-ziŋ How to pronounce phrasing (audio)
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 Later using phrasing about keeping those matchups competitive says plenty. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 20 Mar. 2024 The phrasing of this statement strongly implies that Nemo, rather than being a human adult, is in fact secretly a panda whose true identity has been previously unmasked and may yet be unmasked again. Leila Sales, SPIN, 7 May 2024 Her phrasing is bell-like in its clarity; the melody has a halting naivete, like a nursery rhyme. Stephanie Zacharek, TIME, 19 Apr. 2024 Sonically, Wetmore’s hip-hop-laced grooves have drawn comparisons to Morgan Wallen, while his twangy vocal phrasing at times sounds like a carbon copy of Wallen. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 1 Apr. 2024 Koenig’s voice is high, clear, and mannered, but there’s something unusually intimate about his phrasing and delivery. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Rabid fans drowned his phrasings by shouting every lyric and squealing at every chord change. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2024 The resolution included phrasing that the US was unwilling to use before, said Frank Lowenstein, who worked as US Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations under US President Barack Obama during the 2014 Israel-Gaza war. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 22 Mar. 2024 The letter, which was published yesterday with 450 signees already attached, denounced the director’s speech, mimicking his own phrasing at the awards show on March 10. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Phrasing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phrasing. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

phrasing

noun
phras·​ing
ˈfrā-ziŋ
1
2
: the act, method, or result of grouping notes into musical phrases

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