Definitions for phase

Definitions for (noun) phase

Main entry: phase

Definition: (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)

Usage: the full phase of the moon

Main entry: phase, form

Definition: (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

Usage: the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system

Main entry: phase, phase angle

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

Main entry: phase, stage

Definition: any distinct time period in a sequence of events

Usage: we are in a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be revised or rejected

Definitions for (verb) phase

Main entry: phase

Definition: adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition

Usage: he phased the intake with the output of the machine

Main entry: phase

Definition: arrange in phases or stages

Usage: phase a withdrawal

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