Phrase vs Usage - What's the difference?

phrase | usage |

As a verb phrase

is .

As a noun phrase

is phrasing.

As an adjective usage is





(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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    (wikipedia usage)


    (en noun)
  • The manner or the amount of using; use
  • Habit or accepted practice
  • (lexicography) The ways and contexts in which spoken and written words are used, determined by a lexicographer's intuition or from corpus analysis.
  • # Correct or proper use of language, proclaimed by some authority.
  • # Geographic, social, or temporal restrictions on the use of words.
  • Derived terms

    * usage dictionary * usage guide * usage label * usage lexicography * usage note * usage panel


    * * Sydney I. Landau (2001), Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography, 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press, p 217.


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