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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.


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.


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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