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Meaning of PHASE

Pronunciation:  feyz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (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); "the full phase of the moon"
  2. [n]  a particular point in the time of a cycle; measured from some arbitrary zero and expressed as an angle
  3. [n]  any distinct time period in a sequence of events; "we are in a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be revised or rejected"
  4. [n]  (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; "the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system"
  5. [v]  adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition; "he phased the intake with the output of the machine"
  6. [v]  arrange in phases or stages; "phase a withdrawal"

PHASE is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: form, phase angle, stage
 See Also: anal phase, anal stage, apogee, appearance, arrange, bring about, chapter, culmination, cycle, diakinesis, diplotene, dispersed particles, dispersed phase, dispersing medium, dispersing phase, dispersion medium, fertile period, fertile phase, generation, genital phase, genital stage, incubation, latency period, latency phase, latency stage, leptotene, luteal phase, menstrual phase, oral phase, oral stage, pachytene, period, period of time, phallic phase, phallic stage, phase of cell division, phase of the moon, point, point in time, rhythm, round, safe period, secretory phase, seedtime, stage, state, state of matter, sync, synchronise, synchronize, time period, visual aspect, zygotene



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Phase\, n.
    1. (Phys. Chem.) 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. (Zo["o]l.) In certain birds and mammals, one of two or
       more color variations characteristic of the species, but
       independent of the ordinary seasonal and sexual
       differences, and often also of age. Some of the herons
       which appear in white and colored phases, and certain
       squirrels which are sometimes uniformly blackish instead
       of the usual coloration, furnish examples. Color phases
       occur also in other animals, notably in butterflies.
    3. (Elec.) 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 360[deg]. 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.
  2. \Phase\, v. t. [Cf. {Feeze}.]
    To disturb the composure of; to disconcert; to nonplus.
  3. \Phase\, n.; pl. {Phases}. [NL. phasis, Gr. ?, fr. ? to
    make to appear: cf. F. phase. See {Phenomenon}, {Phantom},
    and {Emphasis}.]
    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; as, the problem has many phases.
    3. (Astron.) 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}.
    4. (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.
Computing Dictionary

1. The offset of one's waking-sleeping schedule with respect to the standard 24-hour cycle; a useful concept among people who often work at night and/or according to no fixed schedule. It is not uncommon to change one's phase by as much as 6 hours per day on a regular basis. "What's your phase?" "I've been getting in about 8 P.M. lately, but I'm going to wrap around to the day schedule by Friday." A person who is roughly 12 hours out of phase is sometimes said to be in "night mode". (The term "day mode" is also (but less frequently) used, meaning you're working 9 to 5 (or, more likely, 10 to 6).) The act of altering one's cycle is called "changing phase"; "phase shifting" has also been recently reported from Caltech.

2. "change phase the hard way": To stay awake for a very long time in order to get into a different phase.

3. "change phase the easy way": To stay asleep, etc. However, some claim that either staying awake longer or sleeping longer is easy, and that it is *shortening* your day or night that is really hard (see wrap around). The "jet lag" that afflicts travelers who cross many time-zone boundaries may be attributed to two distinct causes: the strain of travel per se, and the strain of changing phase. Hackers who suddenly find that they must change phase drastically in a short period of time, particularly the hard way, experience something very like jet lag without travelling.

 Definition: a chronologically limited cultural unit within a local culture sequence, characterized by sufficient diagnostic traits to set it apart from all other units. A phase is generally represented by 2 or more components in several sites and is the basic classificatory unit of archaeological "cultures".
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