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phase

 
Noun phase has 4 senses
  1. phase, form - (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"
    --1 is a kind of state of matter, state
    --1 has particulars:
     dispersed phase, dispersed particles; dispersing phase, dispersion medium, dispersing medium
  2. phase, stage - 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"
    --2 is a kind of time period, period of time, period
    --2 has particulars:
     diakinesis; diplotene; leptotene; pachytene; phase of cell division; zygotene; anal stage, anal phase; genital stage, genital phase; latency stage, latency phase, latency period; oral stage, oral phase; phallic stage, phallic phase; chapter; incubation; fertile period, fertile phase; menstrual phase; musth; secretory phase, luteal phase; generation; apogee, culmination; seedtime; safe period
    Derived form: verb phase1
  3. phase, phase angle - a particular point in the time of a cycle; measured from some arbitrary zero and expressed as an angle
    --3 is a kind of point, point in time
    --3 is a part of cycle, rhythm, round
    Derived form: verb phase2
  4. phase - (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"
    --4 is a kind of
    appearance, visual aspect
    --4 has particulars: phase of the moon
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