I. noun Etymology: New Latin phasis, from Greek, appearance of a star, phase of the moon, from phainein to show (middle voice, to appear) — more at fancy Date: circa 1750 1. a particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes <
phases of the moon
2. a. a distinguishable part in a course, development, or cycle <
the early phases of her career
b. an aspect or part (as of a problem) under consideration 3. the point or stage in a period of uniform circular motion, harmonic motion, or the periodic changes of any magnitude varying according to a simple harmonic law to which the rotation, oscillation, or variation has advanced from its standard position or assumed instant of starting 4. a homogeneous, physically distinct, and mechanically separable portion of matter present in a nonhomogeneous physicochemical system 5. an individual or subgroup distinguishably different in appearance or behavior from the norm of the group to which it belongs; also the distinguishing peculiarity • phasic adjective II. transitive verb (phased; phasing) Date: 1904 1. to adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition 2. to conduct or carry out by planned phases 3. to introduce in stages — usually used with in <
phase in new models

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(as of the moon or a planet), ,

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  • phase — ► NOUN 1) a distinct period or stage in a process of change or development. 2) each of the aspects of the moon or a planet, according to the amount of its illumination. 3) Physics the relationship between the cycles of an oscillating system and a …   English terms dictionary

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  • phase — phase. См. стадия покоя. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

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