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phase (plural phases)
- A distinguishable part of a sequence or cycle occurring over time.
- That which is exhibited to the eye; the appearance which anything manifests, especially any one among different and varying appearances of the same object.
- Any appearance or aspect of an object of mental apprehension or view.
- The problem has many phases.
- (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 Wikipedia's article Lunar phase.
- (physics) 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.
- (chemistry) A component in a material system that is distinguished by chemical composition and/or physical state (solid, liquid or gas) and/or crystal structure. It is delineated from an adjoining phase by an abrupt change in one or more of those conditions.
- (zoology) In certain organisms, one of two or more colour variations characteristic of the species, but independent of the ordinary seasonal and sexual differences, and often also of age.
- (rugby union) The period of play between consecutive breakdowns.
2011 Septembe 24, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 67-3 Romania”, BBC Sport:
- When Romania did manage to string together some phases midway through the first half, England's discipline held firm, although on the whole it was a less focused display from the Six Nations champions in the second half.
- (genetics) A haplotype.
distinguishable part of a sequence
appearance which anything manifests
aspect of an object or view
astronomy: particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle
physics: any one point or portion in a recurring series of changes
haplotype — see haplotype
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- (with in or out) To begin—if construed with "in"—or to discontinue—if construed with out—(doing) something over a period of time (i.e. in phases).
- The use of the obsolete machines was gradually phased out as the new models were phased in.
- Archaic form of faze.
- (genetics, informal, transitive) To determine haplotypes in (data) when genotypes are known.
- To pass into or through a solid object.
1997, P. Lunenfeld, “Hybrid Architectures and the Paradox of Unfolding”, in Intelligent Environments: Spatial Aspects of the Information Revolution, ISBN 0080534848, page 443:
- Anyone who has lost their way in cyberspace—realizing they have just phased into what they had previously categorized as 'solid' matter—will understand this example.
2004, Paul Ruditis, Star Trek: Enterprise: Shockwave, ISBN 0743464567, page 100:
- Archer took a deep breath and, steeling himself for the bizarre experience, carefully walked to the bulkhead and phased through.
2011, Timothy Callahan, Grant Morrison: The Early Years, ISBN 1466343354, page 93:
- Intangible or invisible objects in comic books are often drawn with a dotted line. When Kitty Pryde of the X-Men phases through objects, she's drawn that way, and Wonder Woman's invisible plan [sic] used to be drawn that way as well.
See notes at faze.
- ^ “Faze/Phase”, Brians, Paul Common Errors in English Usage, (2nd Edition, November 17, 2008), William, James & Company, 304 pp., ISBN 978-1-59028207-6
phase f (plural phases)