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phase

 
 
pronunciation:
feIz
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a particular stage in a cycle of development or process of change.
The "terrible twos" is a phase of early childhood when children say no a lot.We're in the planning phase of building a new house.
synonyms:
stage
similar words:
degree, period, point, step, time
definition 2: one of the stages of the moon or smaller planets as they change their relation to the sun. A phase is shown by how much of the moon's or planet's lighted area can be seen.
In its full phase, the moon is completely round and very bright.
similar words:
appearance, aspect, figure, form, look, shape, stage