- 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.
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Examples from the Web for phase
The families announced along with it that they had entered a “phase of silence” surrounding the details of the new deal.
We have entered the “anything goes” phase of religious exemptions.Catholic Church: Religious Freedom Trumps Civil Rights|Jay Michaelson|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, astronomers hope to observe planet formation in all its stages, each marking a phase in star and planet birth.
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|DAILY BEAST
If you followed such things at the time, perhaps the phrase “Phase II report” will snap a synapse or two.
It will win artists to a phase of the sublime in America which they have overlooked.The Book of the National Parks|Robert Sterling Yard
As she enlarged upon this phase of her life Victor was appalled by it.Victor Ollnee's Discipline|Hamlin Garland
Every phase of each stage in the soul's history is disclosed to view by means of double and single doors.
There can be little doubt as to which phase should be chosen.A Study of Recent Earthquakes|Charles Davison
There is no phase of the business with which Mr. Young is not thoroughly familiar.Lyman's History of old Walla Walla County, Vol. 2 (of 2)|William Denison Lyman
British Dictionary definitions for phase
- 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