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English noun: phase

1. phase (time) any distinct time period in a sequence of events


SamplesWe are in a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be revised or rejected.


Synonymsstage


Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period


Narrower (hyponym)anal phase, anal stage, apogee, chapter, culmination, diakinesis, diplotene, fertile period, fertile phase, generation, genital phase, genital stage, incubation, latency period, latency phase, latency stage, leptotene, luteal phase, menstrual phase, musth, oral phase, oral stage, pachytene, phallic phase, phallic stage, phase of cell division, safe period, secretory phase, seedtime, zygotene

2. phase (state) (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


SamplesThe reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system.


Synonymsform


Broader (hypernym)state, state of matter


Narrower (hyponym)dispersed particles, dispersed phase, dispersing medium, dispersing phase, dispersion medium


Domain categoryphysical chemistry

3. phase (time) a particular point in the time of a cycle; measured from some arbitrary zero and expressed as an angle


Synonymsphase angle


Broader (hypernym)point, point in time


Part meronymcycle, rhythm, round

4. phase (attribute) (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)


SamplesThe full phase of the moon.


Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect


Narrower (hyponym)phase of the moon


Domain categoryastronomy, uranology


English verb: phase

1. phase (creation) arrange in phases or stages


SamplesPhase a withdrawal.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)arrange, stage

2. phase (change) adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition


SamplesHe phased the intake with the output of the machine.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)sync, synchronise, synchronize









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