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phase

 (fāz)
n.
1. A distinct stage of development: "The American occupation of Japan fell into three successive phases" (Edwin O. Reischauer).
2. A temporary manner, attitude, or pattern of behavior: just a passing phase.
3. An aspect; a part: We must reconsider every phase of the operation.
4. Astronomy
a. One of the cyclically recurring apparent shapes of the visibly illuminated portion of the moon or a planet.
b. The relative configuration, measured in angular units such as degrees or radians, of two orbiting bodies that periodically eclipse.
5. Physics
a. A particular stage in a periodic process or phenomenon.
b. The fraction of a complete cycle elapsed as measured from a specified reference point and often expressed as an angle.
6. Chemistry
a. Any of the forms or states, solid, liquid, gas, or plasma, in which matter can exist, depending on temperature and pressure.
b. A discrete homogeneous part of a material system that is mechanically separable from the rest, as is ice from water.
7. Biology A characteristic form, appearance, or stage of development that occurs in a cycle or that distinguishes some individuals of a group: the white color phase of a weasel; the swarming phase of locusts.
tr.v. phased, phas·ing, phas·es
1. To plan or carry out systematically by phases.
2. To set or regulate so as to be synchronized.
Phrasal Verbs:
phase in
To introduce, one stage at a time.
phase out
To bring or come to an end, one stage at a time.
Idioms:
in phase
In a correlated or synchronized way.
out of phase
In an unsynchronized or uncorrelated way.

[Back-formation from New Latin phasēs, phases of the moon, from Greek phaseis, pl. of phasis, appearance, from phainein, to show; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

pha′sic (fā′zĭk) adj.

phase

(feɪz)
n
1. any distinct or characteristic period or stage in a sequence of events or chain of development: there were two phases to the resolution; his immaturity was a passing phase.
2. (Astronomy) astronomy one of the recurring shapes of the portion of the moon or an inferior planet illuminated by the sun: the new moon, first quarter, full moon, and last quarter are the four principal phases of the moon.
3. (General Physics) physics
a. the fraction of a cycle of a periodic quantity that has been completed at a specific reference time, expressed as an angle
b. (as modifier): a phase shift.
4. (General Physics) physics a particular stage in a periodic process or phenomenon
5. (General Physics) in phase (of two waveforms) reaching corresponding phases at the same time
6. (General Physics) out of phase (of two waveforms) not in phase
7. (Chemistry) chem a distinct state of matter characterized by homogeneous composition and properties and the possession of a clearly defined boundary
8. (Zoology) zoology a variation in the normal form of an animal, esp a colour variation, brought about by seasonal or geographical change
9. (Biology) biology (usually in combination) a stage in mitosis or meiosis: prophase; metaphase.
10. (Electrical Engineering) electrical engineering one of the circuits in a system in which there are two or more alternating voltages displaced by equal amounts in phase (sense 5). See also polyphase1
11. (Grammar) (in systemic grammar) the type of correspondence that exists between the predicators in a clause that has two or more predicators; for example connection by to, as in I managed to do it, or -ing, as in we heard him singing
vb (tr)
12. (often passive) to execute, arrange, or introduce gradually or in stages: a phased withdrawal.
13. (sometimes foll by with) to cause (a part, process, etc) to function or coincide with (another part, process, etc): he tried to phase the intake and output of the machine; he phased the intake with the output.
14. (Commerce) chiefly US to arrange (processes, goods, etc) to be supplied or executed when required
[C19: from New Latin phases, pl of phasis, from Greek: aspect; related to Greek phainein to show]
ˈphaseless adj
ˈphasic, ˈphaseal adj

phase

(feɪz)

n., v. phased, phas•ing. n.
1. any of the major appearances or aspects in which a thing of varying modes or conditions manifests itself; facet.
2. a stage in a process of change or development.
3. a side, aspect, or point of view.
4. a state of synchronous operation.
5.
a. the particular appearance presented by the moon or a planet at a given time.
b. one of the recurring appearances or states of the moon or a planet in respect to the form, or the absence, of its illuminated disk.
6. Zool. color phase.
7. a mechanically separate, homogeneous part of a heterogeneous system, as a solution: liquid, solid, and gaseous phases.
8. Physics.
a. a particular stage or point of advancement in a cycle of motion or change.
b. the fractional part of the cycle that has elapsed, measured from a fixed datum.
v.t.
9. to schedule or order so as to be available when or as needed.
10. to put in phase; synchronize.
11. phase down, to reduce or diminish by gradual stages.
12. phase in, to put or come into use gradually.
13. phase out, to bring or come to an end gradually; ease out of service.
[1805–15; (n.) back formation from phases, pl. of phasis < New Latin < Greek phásis appearance =pha- (base of phaínein to show) + -sis -sis]
pha′sic, adj.

phase

(fāz)
1. Any of the forms, recurring in cycles, in which the moon or a planet appears. See state of matter.
2. Physics A condition in which two or more patterns of oscillatory motion, such as two or more waves, are in step with each other. Two waves are said to be in phase when their peaks and troughs line up. See more at wave.

phase


Past participle: phased
Gerund: phasing

Imperative
phase
phase
Present
I phase
you phase
he/she/it phases
we phase
you phase
they phase
Preterite
I phased
you phased
he/she/it phased
we phased
you phased
they phased
Present Continuous
I am phasing
you are phasing
he/she/it is phasing
we are phasing
you are phasing
they are phasing
Present Perfect
I have phased
you have phased
he/she/it has phased
we have phased
you have phased
they have phased
Past Continuous
I was phasing
you were phasing
he/she/it was phasing
we were phasing
you were phasing
they were phasing
Past Perfect
I had phased
you had phased
he/she/it had phased
we had phased
you had phased
they had phased
Future
I will phase
you will phase
he/she/it will phase
we will phase
you will phase
they will phase
Future Perfect
I will have phased
you will have phased
he/she/it will have phased
we will have phased
you will have phased
they will have phased
Future Continuous
I will be phasing
you will be phasing
he/she/it will be phasing
we will be phasing
you will be phasing
they will be phasing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been phasing
you have been phasing
he/she/it has been phasing
we have been phasing
you have been phasing
they have been phasing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been phasing
you will have been phasing
he/she/it will have been phasing
we will have been phasing
you will have been phasing
they will have been phasing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been phasing
you had been phasing
he/she/it had been phasing
we had been phasing
you had been phasing
they had been phasing
Conditional
I would phase
you would phase
he/she/it would phase
we would phase
you would phase
they would phase
Past Conditional
I would have phased
you would have phased
he/she/it would have phased
we would have phased
you would have phased
they would have phased

phase

Part of a system whose physical properties and chemical composition are consistent and are separated from other parts of the system by a boundary surface.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phase - any distinct time period in a sequence of eventsphase - any distinct time period in a sequence of events; "we are in a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be revised or rejected"
diakinesis - the final stage of the prophase of meiosis
diplotene - the fourth stage of the prophase of meiosis
leptotene - the first stage of the prophase of meiosis
pachytene - the third stage of the prophase of meiosis
phase of cell division - a stage in meiosis or mitosis
zygotene - the second stage of the prophase of meiosis
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
anal phase, anal stage - (psychoanalysis) the second sexual and social stage of a child's development during which bowel control is learned
genital phase, genital stage - (psychoanalysis) the fifth sexual and social stage in a person's development occurring during adolescence; interest focuses on sexual activity
latency period, latency phase, latency stage - (psychoanalysis) the fourth period (from about age 5 or 6 until puberty) during which sexual interests are supposed to be sublimated into other activities
oral phase, oral stage - (psychoanalysis) the first sexual and social stage of an infant's development; the mouth is the focus of the libido and satisfaction comes from suckling and chewing and biting
phallic phase, phallic stage - (psychoanalysis) the third stage in a child's development when awareness of and manipulation of the genitals is supposed to be a primary source of pleasure
chapter - any distinct period in history or in a person's life; "the industrial revolution opened a new chapter in British history"; "the divorce was an ugly chapter in their relationship"
incubation - (pathology) the phase in the development of an infection between the time a pathogen enters the body and the time the first symptoms appear
fertile period, fertile phase - the time in the menstrual cycle when fertilization is most likely to be possible (7 days before to 7 days after ovulation)
menstrual phase - the phase of the menstrual cycle during which the lining of the uterus is shed (the first day of menstrual flow is considered day 1 of the menstrual cycle)
musth - an annual phase of heightened sexual excitement in the males of certain large mammals (especially elephants); is associated with discharge from a gland between the eye and ear; "the frenzied elephant was in musth"
luteal phase, secretory phase - the second half of the menstrual cycle after ovulation; the corpus luteum secretes progesterone which prepares the endometrium for the implantation of an embryo; if fertilization does not occur then menstrual flow begins
generation - a stage of technological development or innovation; "the third generation of computers"
apogee, culmination - a final climactic stage; "their achievements stand as a culmination of centuries of development"
seedtime - any time of new development
safe period - that time during a woman's menstrual cycle during which conception is least likely to occur (usually immediately before of after menstruation)
2.phase - (physical chemistry) a distinct state of matter in a system; matter that is identical in chemical composition and physical state and separated from other material by the phase boundary; "the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system"
physical chemistry - the branch of chemistry dealing with the physical properties of chemical substances
state of matter, state - (chemistry) the three traditional states of matter are solids (fixed shape and volume) and liquids (fixed volume and shaped by the container) and gases (filling the container); "the solid state of water is called ice"
dispersed particles, dispersed phase - (of colloids) a substance in the colloidal state
dispersing medium, dispersing phase, dispersion medium - (of colloids) a substance in which another is colloidally dispersed
3.phase - a particular point in the time of a cycle; measured from some arbitrary zero and expressed as an angle
point in time, point - an instant of time; "at that point I had to leave"
cycle, round, rhythm - an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs; "the never-ending cycle of the seasons"
4.phase - (astronomy) the particular appearance of a body's state of illumination (especially one of the recurring shapes of the part of Earth's moon that is illuminated by the sun); "the full phase of the moon"
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
phase of the moon - a time when the Moon presents a particular recurring appearance
Verb1.phase - arrange in phases or stages; "phase a withdrawal"
stage, arrange - plan, organize, and carry out (an event); "the neighboring tribe staged an invasion"
2.phase - adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition; "he phased the intake with the output of the machine"
sync, synchronize, synchronise - make synchronous and adjust in time or manner; "Let's synchronize our efforts"

phase

noun stage, time, state, point, position, step, development, condition, period, chapter, aspect, juncture The crisis is entering a crucial phase.
phase something in introduce, incorporate, ease in, start Reforms will be phased in over the next three years.
phase something out eliminate, close, pull, remove, replace, withdraw, pull out, axe (informal), wind up, run down, terminate, wind down, ease off, taper off, deactivate, dispose of gradually The present system of military conscription should be phased out.

phase

noun
1. An interval regarded as a distinct evolutionary or developmental unit:
2. The particular angle from which something is considered:
Translations
طَوْرمَرْحَلَه
fáze
fase
näkymäpuolivaihe
fázisfejlõdési fok
kvartil; fasistig, áfangi
fazėstadija
fāzefāze, stadija
fáza
faza

phase

[feɪz]
A. N
1.etapa f, fase f
she'll get over it, it's just a phase (she's going through)se le pasará, es algo pasajero
a passing phaseuna etapa pasajera
to be in phase (Tech, Elec) → estar en fase
to be out of phase (Tech, Elec) → estar fuera de fase or desfasado (fig) → estar desfasado
their policies were increasingly out of phase with a rapidly changing societysu política estaba cada vez más desfasada en una sociedad que cambiaba con rapidez
2. (Astron) → fase f
the phases of the moonlas fases de la luna
B. VT
1. (= introduce gradually) → escalonar, llevar a cabo de forma escalonada
the redundancies will be phased over two yearslos despidos se llevarán a cabo de forma escalonada durante dos años
2. (= coordinate) → organizar
phased developmentdesarrollo m por etapas
phased withdrawalretirada f progresiva
phase in VT + ADV [+ change, increase] → introducir progresivamente
phase out VT + ADV [+ machinery, product] → retirar progresivamente; [+ job] → eliminar por etapas; [+ subsidy] → eliminar progresivamente; [+ production] → parar progresivamente; [+ factory, plant] → cerrar progresivamente

phase

[ˈfeɪz]
nphase f
to enter a dangerous phase → entrer dans une phase dangereuse
to be out of phase with sth → ne pas être en phase avec qch
vt
to be phased (= staggered) → être échelonné
phase in
vt sep [+ system, method, equipment] → introduire progressivement
phase out
vt sep
[+ system, equipment, method] → supprimer progressivement

phase

nPhase f; (of construction, project, history also)Abschnitt m; (of illness)Stadium nt; in phase (Tech, Elec) → phasengleich, in Phase; (fig)koordiniert; out of phase (Tech, Elec) → phasenverschoben; (fig)unkoordiniert; a passing phaseein vorübergehender Zustand; he’s just going through a phasedas ist nur so eine Phase bei ihm; he’s out of phase with the timeser ist nicht im Gleichklang mit seiner Zeit
vt
(= introduce gradually) plan, change-over, withdrawalschrittweise durchführen
(= coordinate, fit to one another) starting times, production stages, traffic lightsaufeinander abstimmen; machines etcgleichschalten, synchronisieren; the traffic lights are not phased herehier gibt es keine grüne Welle; a phased withdrawal of troopsein schrittweiser Truppenabzug
(Mus inf) → einen Halleffekt herstellen bei, phasen

phase

:
phase-down
nstufenweise Verringerung, stufenweiser Abbau
phase modulation
n (Elec) → Phasenmodulation f
phase-out

phase

[feɪz]
1. nfase f, periodo
to be out of phase (Tech, Elec) → essere sfasato/a or fuori fase
she's just going through a phase → sta attraversando un periodo difficile, le passerà
2. vt (stagger) → introdurre gradualmente; (coordinate) → sincronizzare
phased withdrawal → ritirata progressiva
phase in vt + advintrodurre gradualmente
phase out vt + adveliminare gradualmente

phase

(feiz) noun
1. a stage in the development of something. We are entering a new phase in the war.
2. one in a series of regular changes in the shape or appearance of something (especially the moon or a planet). the phases of the moon.

phase

n. fase, estado de desarrollo, estado transitorio.

phase

n fase f
References in classic literature ?
It was only one phase of the multitudinous emotions which had assailed her.
She was not so constantly gay, but had her moods of thought, which Clifford, on the whole, liked better than her former phase of unmingled cheerfulness; because now she understood him better and more delicately, and sometimes even interpreted him to himself.
It still haunts me, and induces a sort of home-feeling with the past, which I scarcely claim in reference to the present phase of the town.
But, as yet we have not to do with such an one, but with quite another; and still a man, who, if indeed peculiar, it only results again from another phase of the Quaker, modified by individual circumstances.
There he seemed to see familiar faces of comrades who had grown up with him from infancy; he saw his busy wife, bustling in her preparations for his evening meals; he heard the merry laugh of his boys at their play, and the chirrup of the baby at his knee; and then, with a start, all faded, and he saw again the canebrakes and cypresses and gliding plantations, and heard again the creaking and groaning of the machinery, all telling him too plainly that all that phase of life had gone by forever.
Well, when pap's full, you might take and belt him over the head with a church and you couldn't phase him.
Now, uttered before a stranger, the accusation cut me to the heart; I dimly perceived that she was already obliterating hope from the new phase of existence which she destined me to enter; I felt, though I could not have expressed the feeling, that she was sowing aversion and unkindness along my future path; I saw myself transformed under Mr.
Micawber, tapping at the wall again to know if tea were ready, broke up this particular phase of our friendly conversation.
This phase of her being new to him, he paused with her heel in his hand and looked up at her curiously.
This comic opera phase came to a head in the famous Drawbaugh case, which lasted for nearly four years, and filled ten thousand pages with its evidence.
Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented.
I used my knowledge of this phase of spiritual pathology, and set down a rule that she should not be present with Lucy, or think of her illness more than was absolutely required.