phase

From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
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phasephase1 /feɪz/ ●●○ W2 AWL noun [countable] 1 PARTone of the stages of a process of development or change a new drug that is in the experimental phasephase of The first phase of renovations should be finished by January.in phases The work will be carried out in phases. It’s just a phase he’s going through.2 out of phase (with something)3 in phase (with something)4 HA technical one of a fixed number of changes in the appearance of the Moon or a planet when it is seen from the Earth
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phaseThe nation was believed to have fallen into a phase of cataclysmic evil.What determines the equilibrium between phases?Figure 5.13 shows the apparatus used by Lawrence in each phase of his study.Keep careful records on persons who participated in each phase, rather than lumping all the participants together.As the war enters its final phase, the UN will probably consider lifting sanctions.The first phase of renovations should be finished by next January.The initial phase of the project should take about three months.I'd like to discuss the production phase at this morning's meeting.Thus, without any change in the composition across the boundary, the phase change produces a temporarily layered mantle.Just two examples are given in Fig. 10.3: for e + and e x when the phase is zero.There are three phases in the lifecycle of a butterfly.in phasesThe dime stores will close in phases by September 1998.The rest of the network will be completed in phases over the next two years.The country estate covers an area of 106 acres, to be developed in phases.The two-hour reduction will be introduced in phases, with the second becoming effective in November 199l.This is a major project which will be introduced in phases over a number of years.Local data analysis should also be carried out in phases.The programme was to be carried out in phases.
phasephase2 AWL verb [transitive] SLOWto make something happen gradually in a planned way The closure of the regional offices was phased over an 18-month period. a phased withdrawal of military forces phase something ↔ in phase something ↔ outGrammar Phase (in/out) is usually passive.→ See Verb table
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phaseDecide in advance that when they take place, you will not be phased.Sampling might also involve time phasing as in attempting to detect opinion trends leading up to a general election.Most of the measures will be phased in over a year.The required reductions in discharges are to be phased in over four years.In the United State, use of leaded gasoline was phased out on Jan. 1.The Government has also rejected calls for older Magnox nuclear power stations to be phased out to support a higher coal burn.The central bank said it would stop supporting the rouble and promised that cheap credits to moribund industries will be phased out.
From King Business Dictionaryphasephase1 /feɪz/ noun [countable]1a part of a process of development or growthThe company is conducting phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials with the drug.The consortium will pay $92 million for insurance to cover the construction phase of the project.2in phase/out of phase (with something) if something is in phase with something else, it is happening in a similar or related way at the same timeBritain’s economic cycle has historically been out of phase with those in mainland Europe.phasephase2 verb [transitive] to make something happen gradually in a planned wayThe closure of the regional offices was phased over an 18-month period.a phased ban on tobacco advertising phase something → down phase something → in phase something → out→ See Verb tableOrigin phase1 (1800-1900) Modern Latin phasis, from Greek, appearance of a star, phase of the moon, from phanein to show, appear