- the particular appearance presented by the moon or a planet at a given time.
- one of the recurring appearances or states of the moon or a planet in respect to the form, or the absence, of its illuminated disk: the phases of the moon.
verb (used with object), phased, phas·ing.
Origin of phase
Synonyms for phase
Related Words for phasedevelopment, chapter, point, state, step, aspect, time, stage, facet, appearance, juncture, position, condition, posture
Examples from the Web for phase
Contemporary Examples of phase
The families announced along with it that they had entered a “phase of silence” surrounding the details of the new deal.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
We have entered the “anything goes” phase of religious exemptions.Catholic Church: Religious Freedom Trumps Civil Rights
November 23, 2014
Instead, astronomers hope to observe planet formation in all its stages, each marking a phase in star and planet birth.The Most Stunning View Ever of Planets Being Born
Matthew R. Francis
November 9, 2014
And it was also during the phase of the higher autobiography.Martin Amis Talks About Nazis, Novels, and Cute Babies
Ronald K. Fried
October 9, 2014
If you followed such things at the time, perhaps the phrase “Phase II report” will snap a synapse or two.Dole, Nazis, and Desperation in Kansas
September 26, 2014
Historical Examples of phase
That we pass out of this phase of being as we came into it, for Growth.
That consequence may be corrected in this phase of our being, or it may be carried over into the next.
There is nothing about the earth-life to make it the only phase of effort and probation.
I didn't want to go into this phase of it, but it may explain what, with your permission, I am about to do.The Bacillus of Beauty
The enormous wealth of the country will soon adjust that phase of the situation.Government by the Brewers?
- the fraction of a cycle of a periodic quantity that has been completed at a specific reference time, expressed as an angle
- (as modifier)a phase shift
Word Origin for phase
1705, "phase of the moon," back-formed as a singular from Modern Latin phases, plural of phasis, from Greek phasis "appearance" (of a star), "phase" (of the moon), from stem of phainein "to show, to make appear" (see phantasm). Latin singular phasis was used in English from 1660. Non-lunar application is first attested 1841. Meaning "temporary difficult period" (especially of adolescents) is attested from 1913.
"to synchronize," 1895, from phase (n.). Meaning "to carry out gradually" is from 1949, hence phase in "introduce gradually" (1954), phase out (1954). Related: Phased; phasing.