: a particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes
phases of the moon
: a distinguishable part in a course, development, or cycle
the early phases of her career
: an aspect or part (as of a problem) under consideration
: the point or stage in a period of uniform circular motion, harmonic motion, or the periodic changes of any magnitude varying according to a simple harmonic law to which the rotation, oscillation, or variation has advanced from its standard position or assumed instant of starting
: a homogeneous, physically distinct, and mechanically separable portion of matter present in a nonhomogeneous physicochemical system
: an individual or subgroup distinguishably different in appearance or behavior from the norm of the group to which it belongs
also : the distinguishing peculiarity
: to adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition
: to introduce in stages —usually used with in
phase in new models
Noun The project will be done in three phases. He's in the final phase of treatment now. The building project marks a new phase in the town's development. He has been throwing tantrums a lot, but the doctor says it's just a phase. a calendar based on the phases of the moon
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NounThe most active phase of the Sun’s cycle is called the solar maximum. —Jackie Appel, Popular Mechanics, 17 May 2023 Estimates for the first phase of previous designs put the cost around $14 million. —Alex Hulvalchick, Chicago Tribune, 16 May 2023 California Stretch of southbound 5 Freeway to close overnight to repair landslide damage May 15, 2023 The agency could implement several options for the construction phase. —Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2023 With additional resources still in the planning phase with little sense of a timeline, Inuit women will have to keep being sent south for the foreseeable future. —Kelly Grant/the Globe And Mail (canada), San Francisco Chronicle, 15 May 2023 While Silver Tree Guest House is still in its opening phases, staying here feels like you’ve been invited into someone’s home. —Breanna Wilson, CNN, 15 May 2023 The first phase of Tonewood is scheduled to debut at the University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival this fall with presentations from multimedia artists, including Laposky. —Paulina Subia, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2023 Sprouts Farmers Market is part of the first phase of construction at the retail center. —Maritza Dominguez, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2023 Casting for Superman: Legacy, the feature that is meant to kick off Gunn and Peter Safran’s much-vaunted first chapter of DC Studios, is hitting a crucial phase, with a short list of names bubbling up for the roles of Clark Kent, Lois Lane and even Lex Luthor. —Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2023
VerbOther brands, such as Patagonia, L.L. Bean, Lululemon and Eddie Bauer, have pledged to phase them out in the next few years. —Hannah Norman, CBS News, 30 Mar. 2023 Over protests from the mayor, the council voted during last year’s budget process to continue phasing them out. —Michael Brice-saddler, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2023 Yet, despite the suspicion that garages are where bad things happen, most cities want to build more of them rather than phase them out. —Max Holleran, The New Republic, 25 Apr. 2023 The House, however, proposes phasing the new credit in over three years instead of offering the full $600 per dependent the first year. —Samantha J. Gross, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Apr. 2023 Some franchisees continued to serve them until 2020 when McDonald’s (MCD) phased them out completely. —Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 23 Mar. 2023 After reels were no longer needed, theaters kept intermissions going to give audiences a break, but eventually phased them out in lieu of packing more screenings into each day. —Milan Polk, Men's Health, 10 Mar. 2023 Miller didn’t appear to be phased, coming through for momentum-swinging buckets, including the game-winner. —Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 24 Feb. 2023 The shortage also renewed debate on the dependability of renewables, and whether China would do better to invest in more coal rather than phase it out. —Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2022 See More
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