PARAPHRASE (Gr. (Kap6.(f>pacns, from irapaippa^tiv, to relate something in different words, irapa, beside, and (ppa^eiv, speak, tell), a rendering into other words of a passage in prose or verse, giving the sense in a fuller, simpler or clearer fashion, also a free translation or adaptation of a passage in a foreign language. The term is specifically used in the Scottish and other Presbyterian churches of metrical versions for singing of certain passages of the Bible.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)