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. The relation at any instant of a periodically varying electric magnitude, as electro- motive force, a current, etc., to its initial value as expressed in factorial parts of the complete cycle. It is usually expressed in angular measure, the cycle beb four right angles, or 360¡. Such periodic variations are generally well represented by sine curves; and phase relations are shown by the relative positions of the crests and hollows of such curves. Magnitudes which have the same phase are said to be in phase.
  10. To disturb the composure of; to disconcert; to nonplus.
  11. That which is exhibited to the eye; the appearance which anything manifests, especially any one among different and varying appearances of the same object.
  12. Any appearance or aspect of an object of mental apprehension or view; as, the problem has many phases.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 1. One of the stages in which a thing appears during its course of change or development. 2. A homogeneous, physically distinct, and separable portion of a heterogeneous system; thus oil, gum, and water are three phases of an emulsion.
  16. Appearance; one of a series of changes.
  17. Any one of varying manifestations of an object; appearance.
  18. 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.
  19. The appearance or quantity of the illuminating surface exhibited by the moon or other planet; the particular state at any given instant of any phenomenon or appearance, or of any weighty or grave affair; aspect; appearance; transparent green quartz.

Quotes of phase

  1. All girls hit that phase where they like the bad boy. I grew out of that really young and I have a wonderful guy in my life who's not a bad boy at all. I like the satiric, consistent nice guy. – Kristen Bell
  2. This change to a higher phase of alert is a signal to governments, to ministries of health and other ministries, to the pharmaceutical industry and the business community that certain actions now should be undertaken with increased urgency and at an accelerated pace. – Margaret Chan
  3. I've given it my all. I've done my best. Now, I'm ready with my family to begin the next phase of our lives. – Richard M. Daley
  4. Stan and I funded the first phase of the work ourselves. It was secret. – Martin Fleischmann
  5. The idea for which this nation stands will not survive if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity. Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life. – John W. Gardner
  6. The West hasn't reached its universal state as yet, although its close to it, but it certainly has evolved out of its warring state phase which it was in for a couple of centuries. – Samuel P. Huntington
  7. Our first phase was inviting all the women Ambassadors who were here from other countries and trying to get in touch with all the peace centers around the country in order to focus on increasing the volume and activity toward peace. – Eddie Bernice Johnson
  8. I thought I wanted to be a lawyer and was going through this growth phase – Matthew McGrory
  9. There's something about taking a film from concept to script, through production, and then to see the final thing happening in the edit phase It's almost like a miracle in the making. – Maria Menounos
  10. We Americans entered a new phase in our history- the era of integration- in 1954. – Constance Baker Motley
  11. But to the fighting soldier that phase of the war is behind. It was left behind after his first battle. His blood is up. He is fighting for his life, and killing now for him is as much a profession as writing is for me. – Ernie Pyle
  12. We are entering a new phase in human history- one in which fewer and fewer workers will be needed to produce the goods and services for the global population. – Jeremy Rifkin
  13. And time itself? Time was a never -ending medium that stretched into the future and the past- except there was no future and no past, but an infinite number of brackets, extending either way, each bracket enclosing its single phase of the Universe. – Clifford D. Simak
  14. The earliest phase of social formations found in historical as well as in contemporary social structures is this: a relatively small circle firmly closed against neighboring, strange, or in some way antagonistic circles. – Georg Simmel

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. The sturdy old man seemed familiar with every phase of that section. – Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer by Jessie Graham Flower
  4. There is another phase of this last discussion which should be particularly noticed. – The Geneva Protocol by David Hunter Miller
  5. 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
  6. Of any public event that has wide effects we see at best only a phase and an aspect. – Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann
  7. A new phase had been entered in the life of Colorado Jim. – Colorado Jim by George Goodchild
  8. Whenever life presented any new phase she saw the dark side first. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  9. 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
  10. There can be little doubt as to which phase should be chosen. – A Study of Recent Earthquakes by Charles Davison
  11. Here was a phase of feminine character which Dan, not knowing, had not reckoned upon. – Dan Merrithew by Lawrence Perry
  12. It gives us an absolute phase of the universe. – Pragmatism A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking by William James
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. There is one phase of the question which you may possibly not have glanced at, justice. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Was this another phase of the woman's character or was it assumed for his benefit? – The Lady Doc by Caroline Lockhart
  20. 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

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