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1. an expression of a statement or text in other words, esp in order to clarify
2. the practice of making paraphrases



(1) In literature, the retelling of a literary work in one’s own words; also, an abridged exposition, or adaptation, of a long literary work, such as a children’s edition of Cervantes’ Don Quixote or Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. The term was also used to designate the rendering of a prose text into verse. An example is Three Paraphrased Odes (1743, published 1744), three versified renderings of the 143rd Psalm by V. K. Tredia-kovskii, M. V. Lomonosov, and A. P. Sumarokov. The aim of this work was to ascertain which verse meter was most appropriate for the high style. Some linguists consider paraphrase a synonym for periphrasis.

(2) In music, a term widely used in the 19th century for a virtuoso instrumental fantasia, usually for piano, based on themes from such sources as popular songs and operatic arias. These themes often undergo considerable change. Most paraphrases are classed with light music. A number of masterly paraphrases were composed by F. Liszt, such as those based on themes from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto and on the polka from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin.

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Formal paraphrase is a reformulation procedure that preserves the lexis and meaning of the original utterance, but not its (4) construction (paraphrase by transformation) or (5) structure (paraphrase by restructuring).
Of course, when using pop-culture references in the classroom, there is always a chance that some students will be off-task or whose desire to go for the joke undermined their ability to paraphrase effectively.
The ParaPhrase researchers have developed an approach that allows large parallel programs to be constructed out of standard building blocks called patterns.
In composing the paraphrase, Themistius is clearly drawing upon a broader knowledge of the Aristotelian corpus, a point brought out by many of Todd's notes.
As is usual with volumes in the Collected Works of Erasmus series, the 1532 Froben text of the Paraphrases, the last published during Erasmus's lifetime with significant editorial revisions, has been translated here, although important variants from other important editions are recorded in the annotations.
Paraphrase identification is the task of deciding whether two given text fragments have the same meaning.
Second, the unpredicted positive correlation between the number of words and the amount of plagiarism for the lengthier passage suggests that students who paraphrase accurately focus on a global approach of summarizing rather than attempting to capture every detail.
The paraphrase, without that say-nothing stinker "very": The superintendent said improving the students' admittedly low language skills had been challenging, but that he was pleased to report some improvement after months of intense effort.
Again, according to Jeanneret, the biblical paraphrase distinguishes itself from the biblical commentary by its combination of the pedagogical objective of the Bible's message--docere--and a more affective goal--delectare, movere--explaining, because of their poetic form and their lyricism, the popularity of the Psalms with the practitioners of the biblical paraphrase--les paraphrastes--during the early modern period.
WHEN CONVICTION, like certainty, is not informed by critical thought and an evaluative process, it can be more dangerous than half-truths or even lies--to paraphrase Nietzsche.
To paraphrase a holy pontiff who, as Vicar of Christ, gave exemplary service during my lifetime, "the smoke of Satan has entered St.
Roig concluded that students may plagiarize because they do not understand how to paraphrase and cite correctly.