Phrase vs Primer - What's the difference?

phrase | primer |

As nouns the difference between phrase and primer

is that phrase is a short written or spoken expression while primer is an elementary textbook introducing a topic, or teaching basic concepts.

As a verb phrase

is (music) to perform a passage with the correct phrasing.

As an adjective primer is

(obsolete) first; original; primary.




(en noun)
  • A short written or spoken expression.
  • (grammar) 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.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-11-30, volume=409, issue=8864, magazine=(The Economist), author=Paul Davis
  • , title= Letters: Say it as simply as possible , passage=Congratulations on managing to use the phrase “preponderant criterion” in a chart (“ On your marks”, November 9th). Was this the work of a kakorrhaphiophobic journalist set a challenge by his colleagues, or simply an example of glossolalia?}}
  • (music) A small section of music in a larger piece.
  • (archaic) A mode or form of speech; diction; expression.
  • * Tennyson
  • phrases of the hearth
  • * Shakespeare
  • Thou speak'st / In better phrase and matter than thou didst.


    * (expression) figure of speech, locution * See also

    Derived terms

    * adjective phrase * adverb phrase * antecedent phrase * bombard phrase * catchphrase * consequent phrase * determiner phrase * empty phrase * noun phrase * participial phrase * phrasal * phrase book * phrase structure * phrasemaker * phraseology * prepositional phrase * set phrase * turn a phrase * verb phrase

    See also

    * (wikipedia)


  • (music) To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.
  • (music) To divide into melodic phrases.
  • To express (an action, thought or idea) by means of words.
  • * Shakespeare
  • These suns — for so they phrase 'em.

    Derived terms

    * phrasing


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    (en noun)
  • An elementary textbook introducing a topic, or teaching basic concepts.
  • An elementary book for teaching children to learn the alphabet and to read, write and spell.
  • New Latin Primer (an introductory grammar, published 2008)
  • (biology) A single-stranded nucleic acid molecule required for the of a DNA molecule.
  • Any substance used to start a fire.
  • A small charge that burns furiously when given sufficient electrical current () that ignites the main combustable substances in explosives or ammunition.
  • A layer of paint designed to underlay a topcoat, used to enhance the adhesion and durability of the topcoat and help in protection of the surface.
  • A device used to circulate gasoline into the ignition chamber of an engine.
  • Adjective

  • (obsolete) First; original; primary.
  • * Drayton
  • the primer English kings

    Derived terms

    * primer fine * primer seizin English heteronyms ----