Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Phrasal'
adj : of or relating to or functioning as a phrase; "phrasal verb"
- Phrasal \Phras"al\, a.
Of the nature of a phrase; consisting of a phrase; as, a
phrasal adverb. --Earlc.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Phrasal'
In grammar, a phrase is a group of words functioning as a single unit in the syntax of a sentence.
For example, the store at the end of the street is a phrase. It acts like a noun. It can further be broken down into two shorter phrases functioning as adjectives: at the end and of the street, a shorter prepositional phrase within the longer prepositional phrase. At the end of the street could be replaced by an adjective such as nearby: the nearby house or even the house nearby. The end of the street could also be replaced by another noun, such as the crossroads to produce the house at the crossroads.
Most phrases have a central word defining the type of phrase. This word is called the head of the phrase. Some phrases, however, can be headless. For example, the rich is a noun phrase composed of a determiner and a nominal adjective.[See more about Phrasal at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]