phase

noun
\ ˈfāz How to pronounce phase (audio) \

Definition of phase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes phases of the moon
2a : a distinguishable part in a course, development, or cycle the early phases of her career
b : an aspect or part (as of a problem) under consideration
3 : 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
4 : a homogeneous, physically distinct, and mechanically separable portion of matter present in a nonhomogeneous physicochemical system
5 : an individual or subgroup distinguishably different in appearance or behavior from the norm of the group to which it belongs also : the distinguishing peculiarity
in phase
: in a synchronized or correlated manner
out of phase
: in an unsynchronized manner : not in correlation

phase

verb
phased; phasing

Definition of phase (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition
2 : to conduct or carry out by planned phases
3 : to introduce in stages usually used with in phase in new models

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Other Words from phase

Noun

phasic \ ˈfā-​zik How to pronounce phase (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for phase

Synonyms: Noun

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Phase and Faze

Phase and faze are homophones (words pronounced alike but different in meaning, derivation, or spelling) that may easily be confused. Despite the similarity in pronunciation, these words bear little semantic resemblance to one another.

Although phase can function as a verb – it is found especially in combinations such as phase out, phase in, and phase into, meaning “to end, begin, etc. in phases” – the word is most commonly encountered as a noun, in which it typically carries a meaning related to steps in a process, cycles, or stages of development (as in “phases of the moon”).

Faze is generally used only as a verb, and means “to daunt or disconcert.” It often appears in negative expressions such as “it didn’t faze her a bit” or “nothing fazes him.”

Examples of phase in a Sentence

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now back in New York, Wasowicz is in a recovery phase. New York Times, 16 July 2021 Bullock took the stand in the punishment phase of trial. Krista M. Torralva, Dallas News, 15 July 2021 Just look at Federico Chiesa, who wasn't even starting for Italy initially at Euro 2020 but went on to score key goals in the knockout phase. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, 10 July 2021 In the project's first phase, Veterans Outreach will focus on 24 single-occupancy small houses. Emiliano Tahui Gómez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 July 2021 Most of the time, waste cannot be sorted, so the actual effectiveness of recycling is still in the initial phase, unfortunately. Yanie Durocher, Forbes, 7 July 2021 The Orioles have made a handful of picks in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft that are turning out nicely so far. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 6 July 2021 Replacing the bridge, the primary piece in the first phase of 30 Crossing, began late last year. Noel Oman, Arkansas Online, 4 July 2021 The report, which cited people familiar with the matter, said the inquiry into Lordstown Motors is being handled by the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan and is in the early phase. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 3 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While liberal lawmakers say the $15 hourly rate is critical to providing a living wage, centrists, including Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, say the plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage over the next four years would destroy small businesses. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, 5 Mar. 2021 The Anchorage School District superintendent on Tuesday night announced a four-step plan to phase students back for in-person school in small groups at all levels — elementary, middle and high school — likely starting Jan. 19. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Dec. 2020 State police took over federal courthouse security Thursday as part of a plan to phase federal officers out of Portland. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2020 There were rumours last month of a deal to phase gambling companies out of English Premier League jerseys sponsorship and even more, progress has been made around traditional television advertising. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, 17 May 2021 As of now, the only Dodgers who won’t be advancing to phase two of voting are Smith and AJ Pollock, who is 14th among outfielders. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021 The company will now advance to phase three trials for Simufilam. Trefis Team, Forbes, 22 June 2021 The district passed a pair of referendums in November 2020 totaling $350 million — $317 million for capital projects and $33 million in operating funds that will phase in over four years. Ben Rodgers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 June 2021 The adventure park could expand further, but phase two plans haven't yet been drawn. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of phase

Noun

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for phase

Noun

New Latin phasis, from Greek, appearance of a star, phase of the moon, from phainein to show (middle voice, to appear) — more at fancy

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“Phase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phase. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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phase

noun

English Language Learners Definition of phase

: a part or step in a process : one part in a series of related events or actions
: a short period of time during which a person behaves in a particular way or likes a particular thing
: the shape of the part of the moon that is visible at different times during a month

phase

noun
\ ˈfāz How to pronounce phase (audio) \

Kids Definition of phase

1 : a step or part in a series of events or actions : stage I have completed the first phase of my training.
2 : the way that the moon or a planet looks to the eye at any time in its series of changes with respect to how it shines The new moon and the full moon are two phases of the moon.

phase

noun
\ ˈfāz How to pronounce phase (audio) \

Medical Definition of phase

1 : a particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes
2 : a distinguishable part in a course, development, or cycle the early phases of a disease
3 : a point or stage in the period of a periodic motion or process (as a light wave or a vibration) in relation to an arbitrary reference or starting point in the period
4 : a homogeneous, physically distinct, and mechanically separable portion of matter present in a nonhomogeneous physicochemical system especially : one of the fundamental states of matter usually considered to include the solid, liquid, and gaseous forms
5 : an individual or subgroup distinguishably different in appearance or behavior from the norm of the group to which it belongs also : the distinguishing peculiarity

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