Definitions of phase

  1. arrange in phases or stages; " phase a withdrawal"
  2. ( 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"
  3. a particular point in the time of a cycle; measured from some arbitrary zero and expressed as an angle
  4. 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"
  5. ( 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"
  6. adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition; " he phased the intake with the output of the machine"
  7. 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.
  8. In certain birds and mammals, one of two or more color variations characteristic of the species, but independent of the ordinary seasonal and sexual differences, and often also of age. Some of the herons which appear in white and colored phases, and certain squirrels which are sometimes uniformly blackish instead of the usual coloration, furnish examples. Color phases occur also in other animals, notably in butterflies.
  9. To disturb the composure of; to disconcert; to nonplus.
  10. That which is exhibited to the eye; the appearance which anything manifests, especially any one among different and varying appearances of the same object.
  11. Any appearance or aspect of an object of mental apprehension or view; as, the problem has many phases.
  12. 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.
  13. A particular aspect or appearance, as, a phase of the moon; any of the changing appearances that an object or thing may take; one side or view of a subject. Also, phasis.
  14. Appearance; one of a series of changes.
  15. Any one of varying manifestations of an object; appearance.
  16. Appearance to the eye, particularly of the illuminated surface of the moon or a planet; aspect; particular state of a phenomenon which suffers periodic changes; transparent green quartz.

Usage examples for phase

  1. His gentleness, she told herself, was the chief element of his charm- his gentleness, which was really a phase of his modesty. – Grey Roses by Henry Harland
  2. The phase has lasted longer with some persons than with others; but it will not be denied that with the generation at large it has visibly declined. – Views and Reviews by Henry James
  3. There is another phase of this last discussion which should be particularly noticed. – The Geneva Protocol by David Hunter Miller
  4. Of any public event that has wide effects we see at best only a phase and an aspect. – Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann
  5. There can be little doubt as to which phase should be chosen. – A Study of Recent Earthquakes by Charles Davison
  6. He is one on whom in every phase of life you may depend,- or I may depend,- as on a rock. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  7. It is to be hoped that we may have some strong, well- considered textbooks upon this phase of the work. – The Teaching of Geometry by David Eugene Smith
  8. The step should then be defined as being constituted by the series of movements which are executed between two similar positions of the same foot- as, for example, between the commencement of a pressure of the right foot and the similar phase of the following pressure of the same foot. – Artistic Anatomy of Animals by Édouard Cuyer
  9. But there is another phase of society in Madrid which is altogether pleasing,- far from the domain of politics or public affairs, where there is no pretension or luxury or conspiracy,- the old- fashioned Tertulias of Spain. – Castilian Days by John Hay
  10. She learned to love each day's adventure as warmly as did her daughter, she came to have the same tender joy in the unexpected discovery of some new phase of the home life of the wild. – The Short Cut by Jackson Gregory
  11. Whenever life presented any new phase, she saw the dark side first. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. No doubt American species of grapes may be as profoundly modified by stocks as the European species, but there is but little evidence on this phase of grape- growing to be drawn from the experience of vineyardists. – Manual of American Grape-Growing by U. P. Hedrick
  13. The children were dressed and put into the Mission Sunday school; the family altar was established and home life took on a new phase in Bucktown. – Jimmie Moore of Bucktown by Melvin Earnest Trotter
  14. There it is finally decided in each phase of a discussion which authorities and which sources of information are admissible, and which not. – Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann
  15. It gives us an absolute phase of the universe. – Pragmatism A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking by William James
  16. Here was a phase of feminine character which Dan, not knowing, had not reckoned upon. – Dan Merrithew by Lawrence Perry
  17. Was this another phase of the woman's character or was it assumed for his benefit? – The Lady Doc by Caroline Lockhart
  18. A new phase had been entered in the life of Colorado Jim. – Colorado Jim by George Goodchild
  19. There is one phase of the question which you may possibly not have glanced at, justice. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood