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Phase meaning

phase - 7 dictionary results

  1. 1. A homogenous, physically distinct portion of matter in a system not homogeneous; as, the three phases, ice, water, and aqueous vapor. A phase may be either a single chemical substance or a mixture, as of gases.
  2. 2. The relation at any instant of a periodically varying electric magnitude, as electro- motive force, a current, etc., to its initial value as expressed in factorial parts of the complete cycle. It is usually expressed in angular measure, the cycle beb four right angles, or 360ยก. Such periodic variations are generally well represented by sine curves; and phase relations are shown by the relative positions of the crests and hollows of such curves. Magnitudes which have the same phase are said to be in phase.
  3. 3. To disturb the composure of; to disconcert; to nonplus.
  4. 4. That which is exhibited to the eye; the appearance which anything manifests, especially any one among different and varying appearances of the same object.
  5. 5. Any appearance or aspect of an object of mental apprehension or view; as, the problem has many phases.
  6. 6. A particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes with respect to quantity of illumination or form of enlightened disk; as, the phases of the moon or planets. See Illust. under Moon.
  7. 7. Appearance; one of a series of changes.

phase - examples of usage

  1. It is a phase of selfishness; and like all forms of selfishness it can be cured only by getting out of self into another's life. - "Practical Ethics", William DeWitt Hyde.
  2. Perhaps her taking care to say nothing at all of it in his later phase was her most definite acknowledgment of its existence at any time. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
  3. But now she's in the post- procedure phase of treatment. - "Syndrome", Thomas Hoover.
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