paraphrase

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v paraphrase express the same message in different words
    • n paraphrase rewording for the purpose of clarification
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Paraphrase păr"ȧ*frāz A restatement of a text, passage, or work, expressing the meaning of the original in another form, generally for the sake of its clearer and fuller exposition; a setting forth the signification of a text in other and ampler terms; a free translation or rendering; -- opposed to metaphrase. "In paraphrase , or translation with latitude, the author's words are not so strictly followed as his sense.""Excellent paraphrases of the Psalms of David.""His sermons a living paraphrase upon his practice.""The Targums are also called the Chaldaic or Aramaic Paraphrases ."
    • v. t Paraphrase To express, interpret, or translate with latitude; to give the meaning of a passage in other language. "We are put to construe and paraphrase our own words."
    • v. i Paraphrase To make a paraphrase.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n paraphrase A restatement of a text or passage, giving the sense of the original in other words, generally in fuller terms and with greater detail, for the sake of clearer and more complete exposition: opposed to metaphrase. When the original is in a foreign language, translation and paraphrase may be combined.
    • n paraphrase Specifically, in Scotland, one of sixty-seven versified renderings of as many selected passages of Scripture, usually bound up with the metrical psalms, and like them sung in church, etc.
    • n paraphrase In instrumental music, a transcription; a variation. Also paraphrasis.
    • paraphrase To restate or translate with latitude; interpret; construe; unfold and express the sense of (an author) with greater clearness and particularity by substituting other words for his own.
    • paraphrase To interpret or amplify by change of words; make a paraphrase.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Paraphrase par′a-frāz a saying of the same thing in other words, often more fully and more clearly: an explanation of a passage: a loose or free translation:
    • v.t Paraphrase to say the same thing in other words: to render more fully: to interpret or translate freely
    • v.i Paraphrase to make a paraphrase
    • n Paraphrase par′a-frāz (Scot.) one of a certain number of Scripture passages turned into verse for use in the service of praise
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. paraphrasis, Gr. para`frasis, from parafra`zein to say the same thing in other words; para` beside + fra`zein to speak: cf. F. paraphrase,. See Para-, and Phrase
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. paraphrasispara, beside, phrasis, a speaking—phrazein, to speak.

Usage

In literature:

Even in their solitude Eddie and Pheeny used modest paraphrases and breathed hard and looked askance, and made sure that no one overheard.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Most of them were written by men who never saw the place, and who paraphrased and perpetuated the original error.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
The "Dad" was his disrespectful paraphrase of "The Father of Waters," the title of the giant Mississippi.
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
Byrom's paraphrase on motto of "N. & Q.," 463.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
Here and there, however, the language of Jesus is paraphrased and damnably spoiled.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
A person must be interested in it, to paraphrase a line of Wordsworth's, ere to him it will seem worthy of his interest.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
He hated the thought so much that the words were unspeakable, and he hunted for some paraphrase.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
A PARAPHRASE OF DR. KARL ROSENKRANZ'S PAEDAGOGIK ALS SYSTEM.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
The Hymns which were printed with the Psalter were few in number, and were chiefly free paraphrases of sections of Scripture.
"Presbyterian Worship" by Robert Johnston
To paraphrase Herbert Spencer's words on reading: A reporter has at each moment but a limited amount of mental power available.
"News Writing" by M. Lyle Spencer
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In poetry:

Not, certainly, the obscure reveries
Of the inward gaze;
Better mendacities
Than the classics in paraphrase!
"E.P. Ode Pour L'election De Son Sepulchre" by Ezra Pound
These wise men were the pedlers three,
As you and all the world may see,
By reading to the end; For commentators have mistook,
In paraphrasing on a book They did not understand.
"A Commentary On The Eastern Wise Men, Travelling To Bethlehem, Guided" by Thomas Paine
Prayer the Church's banquet, angel's age,
God's breath in man returning to his birth,
The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgramage,
The Christian plummet sounding heav'n and earth:
"Prayer" by George Herbert

In news:

Looks like the same stuff happens to the same guy yet again, to paraphrase officer John McClane.
To paraphrase Euell Gibbons, the late author of the seminal foraging book, Stalking the Wild Asparagus, our meal told a story.
To paraphrase Jim Lovell, commander of Apollo 13, "America, we have a problem".
Northwest Catholic girls' indoor track coach Patrick Williamson has wanted to paraphrase one of UConn coach.
Attributed to Albert Einstein (probably a paraphrase).
To paraphrase U2, we still haven't found what we're looking for.
The Ohio state government's mantra on oil and gas regulation could be paraphrased as Columbus.
To paraphrase a beloved beer commercial, the MilleniaOne is everything you want in a speaker — and less.
To paraphrase Julius Caesar, the Revere High football team came, saw, and conquered their counterparts from Peabody , 42-24, on a crisp night for football under the lights at Peabody Friday night.
The best-laid plans of mice and men often ago awry, to paraphrase Robert Burns, Scotland's poet laureate.
In the asset management business, you're only as good as your long-term performance, to paraphrase a cliche.
VANGVIENG, Laos — Once again I've gotten way behind here, but I'll do my best to paraphrase and catch up.
Paraphrasing the next Great Warrior Leader, "we're all socialists now.".
I'm paraphrasing, of course, but the message was simple, straight-forward, and common.
But as a science and technology publication, it is, to paraphrase Spock, only logical that Popular Mechanics be more interested in Trek 's approach to science—mostly true to itself, but chock-full of parallels to the real world.
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In science:

In this theoretical framework matter/energy modi fies the geometry, and in turn geometry tells matter/energy how to move/propagate (paraphrasing Wheeler’s renowned quotation).
Geometrical constraints on dark energy models
This is often attributed to the absence of propagating degrees of freedom for the three-dimensional graviton (or one of its paraphrases: 2 + 1-gravity is topological, the Weyl tensor vanishes identically, etc), but here we shall use the simple observation that the quantity GM is dimensionless in d = 3.
Black Holes in Higher Dimensions
Ghisellini et al. (2000) did in fact worry about synchrotron solutions when α > 0 and concluded that it is impossible to account for it in shock based models (this is paraphrasing their actual wordings).
A general scheme for modeling gamma-ray burst prompt emission
To paraphrase the common proverb, a picture is worth a thousand spectra.
Probes and Tests of Strong-Field Gravity with Observations in the Electromagnetic Spectrum
One can paraphrase this by saying that there is essentially only one way to embed E into C [0, 1].
Nigel Kalton's work in isometrical Banach space theory
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