- 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
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Contemporary Examples of phased
Companies like Unilever recently phased out its use of microbeads at the urging of activists.Your Favorite Facewash Is Hurting Nemo
Alexa C. Kurzius
June 18, 2014
Ukrainian officers who trained in Russia, Alasania said, should be sidelined or phased out.What to Do When Russia Invades Your Country
May 7, 2014
Starting next year, 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs will be phased out, too.Why You Should Give LED Light Bulbs for Christmas. Seriously.
December 4, 2013
Final standards will be released in 2015 and phased in slowly.What Are We Going to Do About Carbon?
June 25, 2013
After the last machines were phased out in New York, commenters on a New York Times article eulogized the departing lever machine.RIP, Lever Voting Machines: Where Did Old Booths Go?
November 10, 2012
Historical Examples of phased
Such infiltration is two phased: the properly criminal phase and the money laundering one.After the Rain
Under my program of phased decontrol, domestic crude oil price controls will end September 30, 1981.
It was the kind of thing Oswald would do and it wouldn't even have phased me.Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Not one man in a million could have phased them, but this slender girl dumfounded them.Crooked Trails and Straight
William MacLeod Raine
Twenty-one men were killed in this affair, and the others were phased away from the country.History of Morgan's Cavalry
Basil W. Duke
- 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.