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  • n  any distinct time period in a sequence of events
  • n  (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
  • n  a particular point in the time of a cycle; measured from some arbitrary zero and expressed as an angle
  • n  (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
  • v  arrange in phases or stages
    phase a withdrawal
  • v  adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition
    he phased the intake with the output of the machine

  • SHAIGAN AFP Getty The second phase plays out in a boycott of goods advertised on state-controlled television.
  • The Federal Trade Commission's three-year-old investigation of the electric light, gas, power industry is now in its second, most politically explosive phase.
  • When musicologists of the future start rummaging through the LP artifacts of the '60s, they will be able to discern several distinct phases in the stylistic evolution of the .
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  • Margaret Chan in
    Moving to pandemic phase six level does not imply we will see an increase in the number of deaths or very severe casessays Chan, reports Reuters.
  • Tony Blair in
    Speaking on GMTV this morning, Mr Blair said: "I hope we manage to get them to realise they have to release them. If not, then this will move into a different phase."
  • Stephen Hadley in Middle East Online
    We're clearly in a new phase, characterized by this increasing sectarian violence,said National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, in Estonia on Tuesday with US President George W. Bush, who is on the first stop of a European and Middle Eastern...

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