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PHASE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does phase mean? 

PHASE (noun)
  The noun PHASE has 4 senses:

1. (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
2. any distinct time period in a sequence of events
3. a particular point in the time of a cycle; measured from some arbitrary zero and expressed as an angle
4. (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)

  Familiarity information: PHASE used as a noun is uncommon.


PHASE (verb)
  The verb PHASE has 2 senses:

1. arrange in phases or stages
2. adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition

  Familiarity information: PHASE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PHASE (noun)


Sense 1phase [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

phase; form

Context example:

the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system

Hypernyms ("phase" is a kind of...):

state; state of matter ((chemistry) the three traditional states of matter are solids (fixed shape and volume) and liquids (fixed volume and shaped by the container) and gases (filling the container))

Domain category:

physical chemistry (the branch of chemistry dealing with the physical properties of chemical substances)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "phase"):

dispersed particles; dispersed phase ((of colloids) a substance in the colloidal state)

dispersing medium; dispersing phase; dispersion medium ((of colloids) a substance in which another is colloidally dispersed)


Sense 2phase [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any distinct time period in a sequence of events

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

stage; phase

Context example:

we are in a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be revised or rejected

Hypernyms ("phase" is a kind of...):

period; period of time; time period (an amount of time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "phase"):

chapter (any distinct period in history or in a person's life)

incubation ((pathology) the phase in the development of an infection between the time a pathogen enters the body and the time the first symptoms appear)

fertile period; fertile phase (the time in the menstrual cycle when fertilization is most likely to be possible (7 days before to 7 days after ovulation))

menstrual phase (the phase of the menstrual cycle during which the lining of the uterus is shed (the first day of menstrual flow is considered day 1 of the menstrual cycle))

musth (an annual phase of heightened sexual excitement in the males of certain large mammals (especially elephants); is associated with discharge from a gland between the eye and ear)

luteal phase; secretory phase (the second half of the menstrual cycle after ovulation; the corpus luteum secretes progesterone which prepares the endometrium for the implantation of an embryo; if fertilization does not occur then menstrual flow begins)

generation (a stage of technological development or innovation)

apogee; culmination (a final climactic stage)

seedtime (any time of new development)

phallic phase; phallic stage ((psychoanalysis) the third stage in a child's development when awareness of and manipulation of the genitals is supposed to be a primary source of pleasure)

oral phase; oral stage ((psychoanalysis) the first sexual and social stage of an infant's development; the mouth is the focus of the libido and satisfaction comes from suckling and chewing and biting)

diakinesis (the final stage of the prophase of meiosis)

diplotene (the fourth stage of the prophase of meiosis)

leptotene (the first stage of the prophase of meiosis)

pachytene (the third stage of the prophase of meiosis)

phase of cell division (a stage in meiosis or mitosis)

zygotene (the second stage of the prophase of meiosis)

anal phase; anal stage ((psychoanalysis) the second sexual and social stage of a child's development during which bowel control is learned)

genital phase; genital stage ((psychoanalysis) the fifth sexual and social stage in a person's development occurring during adolescence; interest focuses on sexual activity)

latency period; latency phase; latency stage ((psychoanalysis) the fourth period (from about age 5 or 6 until puberty) during which sexual interests are supposed to be sublimated into other activities)

safe period (that time during a woman's menstrual cycle during which conception is least likely to occur (usually immediately before of after menstruation))


Sense 3phase [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A particular point in the time of a cycle; measured from some arbitrary zero and expressed as an angle

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

phase angle; phase

Hypernyms ("phase" is a kind of...):

point; point in time (an instant of time)

Holonyms ("phase" is a part of...):

cycle; rhythm; round (an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs)


Sense 4phase [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(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)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

the full phase of the moon

Hypernyms ("phase" is a kind of...):

appearance; visual aspect (outward or visible aspect of a person or thing)

Domain category:

astronomy; uranology (the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "phase"):

phase of the moon (a time when the moon presents a particular recurring appearance)


PHASE (verb)


Sense 1phase [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Arrange in phases or stages

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Context example:

phase a withdrawal

Hypernyms (to "phase" is one way to...):

arrange; stage (plan, organize, and carry out (an event))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2phase [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

he phased the intake with the output of the machine

Hypernyms (to "phase" is one way to...):

sync; synchronise; synchronize (make synchronous and adjust in time or manner)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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