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Etymology 1[edit]

From New Latin phasis, from Ancient Greek φάσις (phásis, “an appearance”), from φάειν (pháein, “to shine”); compare phantasm and see face.


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    US) enPR: fāz, IPA(key): / feɪz /

  • Rhymes: – eɪz
  • Hyphenation: phase
  • Homophone: faze


phase (plural phases)

Derived terms[edit]

that which is exhibited to the eye

  • Armenian: փուլ(hy)(pʿul)
  • Finnish: näkymä(fi)
  • Indonesian: wujud(id)
  • Russian: фа́за(ru)f (fáza), ста́дия(ru)f (stádija), пери́од(ru)m (períod)

aspect of an object or view

  • Finnish: puoli(fi)
  • Italian: aspetto(it)faccia(it)f
  • Russian: аспе́кт(ru)m (aspékt), сторона́(ru)f (storoná)

physics : point or portion in a recurring series of changes

  • Armenian: փուլ(hy)(pʿul)
  • Bulgarian: фаза(bg)f (faza)
  • Catalan: fase(ca)f
  • Czech: fáze(cs)f
  • Dutch: fase(nl)f
  • Finnish: vaihe(fi)
  • Ido: fazo(io)
  • Romanian: fază(ro)f
  • Russian: фа́за(ru)f (fáza)
  • Spanish: fase(es)f
  • Tagalog: yugto

chemistry : component in a material system

  • Bulgarian: фаза(bg)f (faza)
  • Finnish: faasi(fi)olomuotoalue
  • Romanian: fază(ro)f

zoology : colour variation

  • Finnish: värimuunnos

rugby union : period of play between breakdowns

  • Finnish: vaihe(fi)



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  • Afrikaans: (please verify) fase
  • Romanian: (please verify) fază(ro)f


phase (third-person singular simple present phases, present participle phasing, simple past and past participle phased)

  1. (with in or out) To begin—if construed with “in”—or to discontinue—if construed with out—(doing) something over a period of time (i.e. in phases).
    The use of the obsolete machines was gradually phased out as the new models were phased in.
  2. fazeObsolete form of[1]
  3. (genetics, informal, transitive) To determine haplotypes in (data) when genotypes are known.
  4. To pass into or through a solid object.
    • 1997, P. Lunenfeld, “Hybrid Architectures and the Paradox of Unfolding”, in Intelligent Environments: Spatial Aspects of the Information Revolution, →ISBN, page 443:, P. Lunenfeld, “ Hybrid Architectures and the Paradox of Unfolding ”, in, page 443 :

      Anyone who has lost their way in cyberspace—realizing they have just phased into what they had previously categorized as ‘solid’ matter—will understand this example.

    • 2004, Paul Ruditis, Star Trek: Enterprise: Shockwave, →ISBN, page 100:, Paul Ruditis, , page 100 :

      Archer took a deep breath and, steeling himself for the bizarre experience, carefully walked to the bulkhead and phased through.

    • 2011, Timothy Callahan, Grant Morrison: The Early Years, →ISBN, page 93:, Timothy Callahan, , page 93 :

      Intangible or invisible objects in comic books are often drawn with a dotted line. When Kitty Pryde of the X-Men phases through objects, she’s drawn that way, and Wonder Woman’s invisible plan [sic] used to be drawn that way as well.

Usage notes[edit]

See notes at faze.

Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin phase (“passover”), Phasa, from Hebrew פָּסַח‎ (pésach).

Alternative forms[edit]

Proper noun[edit]



  1. ^ Common Errors in English Usage, 2nd edition, Wilsonville, Or.: William, James & Company, →ISBN.Paul Brians ( 2009 ), “ faze ”, in, 2 nd edition, Wilsonville, Or. : William, James và Company ,




phase f (plural phasen or phases, diminutive phasetje n)

  1. faseObsolete spelling of



  • IPA(key): / faz /


phase f (plural phases)

Derived terms[edit]


  • → Dutch: fase
    • Afrikaans: fase
    • → Indonesian: fase
    • → West Frisian: faze
  • → Georgian: ფაზა(paza)
  • → Khmer: ផាស(phaah)
  • → Norwegian: fase
  • → Romanian: fază

Further reading[edit]

  • “phase”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé[Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.


Alternative forms[edit]


From Ancient Greek φασέκ (phasék, “Passover”), from a Semitic language.


phase n (indeclinable)

  1. Passover
  2. the Passover sacrifice; Paschal Lamb



  • Old English: phase


  • Phase in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press



phase f (plural phases)

  1. fase

    Obsolete spelling of

    (used in Portugal until September 1911 and in Brazil until the 1940 s).

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