- 1A distinct period or stage in a process of change or forming part of something’s development: the final phases of the war [as modifier]: phase two of the development is in progressMore example sentences
- The country hopes to pass the next key threshold of 25 chapters and reach the final phase of the negotiation process, he said after the meeting.
- The final phase of the planning process is orders production, which centers on developing the CHS casualty treatment and evacuation plan.
- Although agriculture is still caught in the grips of industrialization, corporatization is the final phase of the industrial process.
- 1.1A stage in a person’s psychological development, especially a period of temporary unhappiness or difficulty during adolescence or a particular stage during childhood: you are not obsessed, but you are going through a phaseMore example sentences
- Perhaps Jason is right that it is just children going through a phase which will soon stop but somehow I doubt it; it has been going on for years.
- Separation and individuation are normal and healthy phases of infancy.
- On the other hand, there remains the issue of identification with the father, which brought to a close the Oedipal phase.
- 1.2Each of the aspects of the moon or a planet, according to the amount of its illumination, especially the new moon, the first quarter, the full moon, and the last quarter.More example sentences
aspect, shape, form, appearance, state, condition
- The second condition is that the Sun, Earth and the Moon must also be lined up, corresponding to the phase of the New Moon.
- A star chart is simply a printed diagram of the sky on a given night or month, with prominent constellations, planets and phases of the moon marked.
- He discovered moons orbiting Jupiter, phases of Venus, sunspots, and features on the Moon that made it seem more like a planet.
- 1.3 Riding Each of the separate events in an eventing competition.More example sentences
- The morning started off with the final phase of the eventing competition, the show jumping.
- As these are newer bits, the USEA was interested to learn more about them when considering approving them for use in the dressage phase of eventing.
- Davidson was the clear winner of the dressage phase, finishing with a score of 47.21.
- 2.1A stage in the life cycle or annual cycle of an animal.More example sentences
- Floods cue fish to spawn, for instance, and trigger certain insects to begin a new phase in their life cycles.
- Volvox carteri, like all related green flagellates, is haploid in all active phases of the life cycle, which greatly facilitates isolation of mutants.
- Spined soldier bug adults are strong fliers and, during responsive phases of their life cycle, will fly toward the pheromone from considerable distances.
- 3 Chemistry A distinct and homogeneous form of matter (i.e., a particular solid, liquid, or gas) separated by its surface from other forms.More example sentences
- Intermolecular interactions are most significant in liquid and solid phases where molecules are very close together.
- Similarly, molecules in the gas phase occasionally strike the surface and are captured by the attraction of molecules in the liquid or solid phase.
- Such a disappearance of a solid into the gas phase was an intriguing phenomenon.
- 4 Physics The relationship in time between the successive states or cycles of an oscillating or repeating system (such as an alternating electric current or a light or sound wave) and either a fixed reference point or the states or cycles of another system with which it may or may not be in synchrony.More example sentences
- Because we desire to store digital information, our system should have differing phases corresponding to the differing values of the information.
- The interaction strength and the relative phase of the electric field in neighboring particles both depend on polarization and frequency.
- Both phy and cry photoreceptors are presumably involved in setting the phase under white light: dark cycles.
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- 1Carry out (something) in gradual stages: the work is being phased over a number of years (as adjective phased) a phased withdrawal of troopsMore example sentences
- He believes phasing the withdrawal has its benefits.
- The development at Newhall Park Road became fully operational in October last year after a three-week move phasing departments from the old site next door to the new building.
- Councillors suggested possible solutions of phasing the scheme; considering other schemes; and seeking funding from partners.
- 1.1 (phase something in/out) Introduce into (or withdraw from) use in gradual stages: our armed forces policy was to be phased in over 10 yearsMore example sentences
- She however, said the introduction of unleaded fuel would be gradual as it would be phased in slowly beginning this month.
- He added that any introduction of defibrillators would be phased in, but the aim was for there to be one machine on every engine.
- The company says changes will be phased in gradually, with half the project completed by the end of this year and fully realised by 2005.
- 2 Physics Adjust the phase of (something), especially so as to synchronize it with something else.More example sentences
- In order to properly phase the two telescopes, adaptive optics on both telescopes removed the distortion caused by the Earth's atmosphere.
in (or out of) phase
- Being or happening in (or out of) synchrony or harmony: the cabling work should be carried out in phase with the building workMore example sentences
- Large species tend to produce their young more in phase with high biomass and after the protein peak.
- Advisory committees help colleges and universities stay in phase with industry needs.
- When exiting the corner, the rear wheels turn in phase with the front wheels improving yaw damping.
early 19th century (denoting each aspect of the moon): from French phase, based on Greek phasis 'appearance', from the base of phainein 'to show'.
See faze (usage)