Complete Definition of "phase"

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English

Pronunciation
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fÄz, /feɪz/, /<tt>feIz</tt>/

Etymology
From NL. phasis.

Noun
en-noun

  1. That which is exhibited to the eye; the appearance which anything manifests, especially any one among different and varying appearances of the same object.
  2. Any appearance or aspect of an object of mental apprehension or view

#: The problem has many phases.

  1. astronomy A particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes with respect to quantity of illumination or form, or the absence, of its enlightened disk; as, the phases of the moon or planets. Illustrated in W:Lunar phase|Wikipedia's article Lunar phase.
  2. Any one point or portion in a recurring series of changes, as in the changes of motion of one of the particles constituting a wave or vibration; one portion of a series of such changes, in distinction from a contrasted portion, as the portion on one side of a position of equilibrium, in contrast with that on the opposite side.

Translations
Afrikaans: fase
Czech: fáze f
Dutch: fase f
Finnish: vaihe (2-4)
Romanian: fazÄ f

Verb
en-verb|phas|ing

  1. (to phase out) To discontinue (doing) something over a period of time (i.e., in phases).
  2. transitive To stun or shock someone.
  3. intransitive To become stunned or shocked.

Usage notes
The sense of phase meaning stunned or shocked is a misspelling of the intended word faze. This has become fairly common nonstandard use. See notes at faze.

Derived terms
phase in
phase out

Category:English homophones


French

Noun
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