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phase

noun (n)

  • any distinct time period in a sequence of events (noun.time)
    Synonym: stage
    source: wordnet30
  • (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 (noun.state)
    Synonym: form
    Example:
    The reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system.
    source: wordnet30
  • a particular point in the time of a cycle; measured from some arbitrary zero and expressed as an angle (noun.time)
    Synonym: phase angle
    source: wordnet30
  • (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) (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    The full phase of the moon.
    source: wordnet30
  • That which is exhibited to the eye; the appearance which anything manifests, especially any one among different and varying appearances of the same object. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A homogenous, physically distinct portion of matter in a system not homogeneous; as, the three phases, ice, water, and aqueous vapor. A phase may be either a single chemical substance or a mixture, as of gases. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • arrange in phases or stages (verb.creation)
    Example:
    Phase a withdrawal.
    source: wordnet30
  • adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition (verb.change)
    Example:
    He phased the intake with the output of the machine.
    source: wordnet30
  • To disturb the composure of; to disconcert; to nonplus. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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