Definitions for phasefeɪz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

phasefeɪz(n.; v.)phased, phas•ing.

  1. (n.)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. the particular appearance presented by the moon or a planet at a given time. 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.

    Category: Astronomy

  6. Zool.

    Category: Zoology

    Ref: color phase. 2

  7. a mechanically separate, homogeneous part of a heterogeneous system, as a solution:

    liquid, solid, and gaseous phases.

    Category: Chemistry

  8. Physics. a particular stage or point of advancement in a cycle of motion or change. the fractional part of the cycle that has elapsed, measured from a fixed datum.

    Category: Physics

  9. (v.t.)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.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Verb Phrase

  12. phase in, to put or come into use gradually.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  13. phase out, to bring or come to an end gradually; ease out of service.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of phase:

1805–15; (n.) back formation from phases, pl. of phasis < NL < Gk phásis appearance =pha- (base of phaínein to show) +-sis -sis


Princeton's WordNet

  1. phase, stage(noun)

    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"

  2. phase, form(noun)

    (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"

  3. phase, phase angle(noun)

    a particular point in the time of a cycle; measured from some arbitrary zero and expressed as an angle

  4. phase(verb)

    (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"

  5. phase(verb)

    arrange in phases or stages

    "phase a withdrawal"

  6. phase(verb)

    adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition

    "he phased the intake with the output of the machine"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. phase(noun)ɪz

    a part of a process with a defined beginning and end; = stage

    In the first phase, we will train employees.; Kids go through phases of difficult behavior.; a new phase in the war

  2. phase(verb)ɪz

    to gradually start or stop the use of sth

    The tax cuts will be phased in over five years.; a country that is phasing out fossil fuels

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phase(noun)

    that which is exhibited to the eye; the appearance which anything manifests, especially any one among different and varying appearances of the same object

  2. Phase(noun)

    any appearance or aspect of an object of mental apprehension or view; as, the problem has many phases

  3. Phase(noun)

    a particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes with respect to quantity of illumination or form of enlightened disk; as, the phases of the moon or planets. See Illust. under Moon

  4. Phase(noun)

    any one point or portion in a recurring series of changes, as in the changes of motion of one of the particles constituting a wave or vibration; one portion of a series of such changes, in distinction from a contrasted portion, as the portion on one side of a position of equilibrium, in contrast with that on the opposite side


  1. Phase

    Phase in sinusoidal functions or in waves has two different, but closely related, meanings. One is the initial angle of a sinusoidal function at its origin and is sometimes called phase offset or phase difference. Another usage is the fraction of the wave cycle which has elapsed relative to the origin.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. phase

    1. n. The offset of one's waking-sleeping schedule with respect to the standard 24-hour cycle; a useful concept among people who often work at night and/or according to no fixed schedule. It is not uncommon to change one's phase by as much as 6 hours per day on a regular basis. “What's your phase?” “I've been getting in about 8PM lately, but I'm going to wrap around to the day schedule by Friday.” A person who is roughly 12 hours out of phase is sometimes said to be in night mode. (The term day mode is also (but less frequently) used, meaning you're working 9 to 5 (or, more likely, 10 to 6).) The act of altering one's cycle is called changing phase; phase shifting has also been recently reported from Caltech. 2. change phase the hard way: To stay awake for a very long time in order to get into a different phase. 3. change phase the easy way: To stay asleep, etc. However, some claim that either staying awake longer or sleeping longer is easy, and that it is shortening your day or night that is really hard (see wrap around). The ‘jet lag’ that afflicts travelers who cross many time-zone boundaries may be attributed to two distinct causes: the strain of travel per se, and the strain of changing phase. Hackers who suddenly find that they must change phase drastically in a short period of time, particularly the hard way, experience something very like jet lag without traveling.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Phase

    In wave motion, oscillating motion, simple harmonic motion, or similar periodic phenomena, the interval of time passed from the time the moving particle moved through the middle point of its course to the instant when the phase is to be stated.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. phase

    Receipt of initial vector to target until beginning transition to attack speed and altitude. c. transition

  2. phase

    Increase or decrease of speed and altitude required for the attack. d. attack

  3. phase

    Turn to attack heading, acquire target, complete attack, and turn to breakaway

  4. phase

    In joint operation planning, a definitive stage of an operation or campaign during which a large portion of the forces and capabilities are involved in similar or mutually supporting activities for a common purpose.

  5. phase

    That phase of military supply that extends from determination of procurement schedules to acceptance of finished supplies by the Military Services. b. consumer

  6. phase

    That phase of military supply which extends from receipt of finished supplies by the Military Services through issue for use or consumption.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'phase' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2187

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'phase' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4426

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'phase' in Nouns Frequency: #831

Anagrams of phase

  1. Ephas

  2. Heaps

Translations for phase

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a stage in the development of something

We are entering a new phase in the war.

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