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Phase vs. Step

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  • Phase (noun)

    A distinguishable part of a sequence or cycle occurring over time.

  • Phase (noun)

    That which is exhibited to the eye; the appearance which anything manifests, especially any one among different and varying appearances of the same object.

  • Phase (noun)

    Any appearance or aspect of an object of mental apprehension or view.

    "The problem has many phases."

  • Phase (noun)

    A particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes with respect to quantity of Wikipedia's article Lunar phase.

    "the phases of the moon"

  • Phase (noun)

    Any one point or portion in a recurring series of changes, as in the changes of motion of one of the particles constituting a wave or vibration; one portion of a series of such changes, in distinction from a contrasted portion, as the portion on one side of a position of equilibrium, in contrast with that on the opposite side.

  • Phase (noun)

    A component in a material system that is distinguished by chemical composition and/or physical state (solid, liquid or gas) and/or crystal structure. It is delineated from an adjoining phase by an abrupt change in one or more of those conditions.

  • Phase (noun)

    In certain organisms, one of two or more colour variations characteristic of the species, but independent of the ordinary seasonal and sexual differences, and often also of age.

  • Phase (noun)

    The period of play between consecutive breakdowns.

  • Phase (noun)

    A haplotype.

  • Phase (noun)

    The arctangent of the quotient formed by dividing the imaginary part of a complex number by the real part.

    "argument"

  • Phase (noun)

    A distortion caused by a difference in the speed of propagation for different frequencies

  • Phase (noun)

    In a polyphase electrical power system, one of the power-carrying conductors, or the alternating current carried by it.

  • Phase (verb)

    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."

  • Phase (verb)

    archaic form of faze

  • Phase (verb)

    To determine haplotypes in (data) when genotypes are known.

  • Phase (verb)

    To pass into or through a solid object.

  • Phase (proper noun)

    Passover

  • Step (noun)

    An advance or movement made from one foot to the other; a pace.

  • Step (noun)

    A rest, or one of a set of rests, for the foot in ascending or descending, as a stair, or a rung of a ladder.

  • Step (noun)

    A distinct part of a process; stage; phase.

    "He improved step by step, or by steps."

    "The first step is to find a job."

  • Step (noun)

    A running board where passengers step to get on and off the bus.

    "The driver must have a clear view of the step in order to prevent accidents."

  • Step (noun)

    The space passed over by one movement of the foot in walking or running.

    "One step is generally about three feet, but may be more or less."

  • Step (noun)

    A small space or distance.

    "It is but a step."

  • Step (noun)

    A print of the foot; a footstep; a footprint; track.

  • Step (noun)

    A gait; manner of walking.

    "The approach of a man is often known by his step."

  • Step (noun)

    Proceeding; measure; action; act.

  • Step (noun)

    A walk; passage.

  • Step (noun)

    A portable framework of stairs, much used indoors in reaching to a high position.

  • Step (noun)

    A framing in wood or iron which is intended to receive an upright shaft; specif., a block of wood, or a solid platform upon the keelson, supporting the heel of the mast.

  • Step (noun)

    One of a series of offsets, or parts, resembling the steps of stairs, as one of the series of parts of a cone pulley on which the belt runs.

  • Step (noun)

    A bearing in which the lower extremity of a spindle or a vertical shaft revolves.

  • Step (noun)

    The interval between two contiguous degrees of the scale.

    "Usage note: The word tone is often used as the name of this interval; but there is evident incongruity in using tone for indicating the interval between tones. As the word scale is derived from the Italian scala, a ladder, the intervals may well be called steps."

  • Step (noun)

    A change of position effected by a motion of translation.

  • Step (noun)

    A constant difference between consecutive values in a series.

    "Printing from 0 to 9 with a step of 3 will display 0, 3, 6 and 9."

  • Step (noun)

    A stepsibling.

  • Step (verb)

    To move the foot in walking; to advance or recede by raising and moving one of the feet to another resting place, or by moving both feet in succession.

  • Step (verb)

    To walk; to go on foot; especially, to walk a little distance.

    "to step to one of the neighbors"

  • Step (verb)

    To walk slowly, gravely, or resolutely.

  • Step (verb)

    To move mentally; to go in imagination.

  • Step (verb)

    To set, as the foot.

  • Step (verb)

    To fix the foot of (a mast) in its step; to erect.

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Phase (noun)

    That which is exhibited to the eye; the appearance which anything manifests, especially any one among different and varying appearances of the same object.

  • Phase (noun)

    Any appearance or aspect of an object of mental apprehension or view; as, the problem has many phases.

  • Phase (noun)

    A particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes with respect to quantity of illumination or form of enlightened disk; as, the phases of the moon or planets. See Illust. under Moon.

  • Phase (noun)

    Any one point or portion in a recurring series of changes, as in the changes of motion of one of the particles constituting a wave or vibration; one portion of a series of such changes, in distinction from a contrasted portion, as the portion on one side of a position of equilibrium, in contrast with that on the opposite side.

  • Phase (noun)

    A homogenous, physically distinct portion of matter in a system not homogeneous; as, the three phases, ice, water, and aqueous vapor. A phase may be either a single chemical substance or a mixture, as of gases.

  • Phase (noun)

    In certain birds and mammals, one of two or more color variations characteristic of the species, but independent of the ordinary seasonal and sexual differences, and often also of age. Some of the herons which appear in white and colored phases, and certain squirrels which are sometimes uniformly blackish instead of the usual coloration, furnish examples. Color phases occur also in other animals, notably in butterflies.

  • Phase (noun)

    The relation at any instant of a periodically varying electric magnitude, as electro-motive force, a current, etc., to its initial value as expressed in factorial parts of the complete cycle. It is usually expressed in angular measure, the cycle beb four right angles, or 360°. Such periodic variations are generally well represented by sine curves; and phase relations are shown by the relative positions of the crests and hollows of such curves. Magnitudes which have the same phase are said to be in phase.

  • Phase (noun)

    the relation at any instant of any cyclically varying physical quantity, such as voltage in an A.C. circuit, an electromagnetic wave, a sound wave, or a rotating object, to its initial value as expressed as a fractional part of the complete cycle. It is usually expressed in angular measure, the complete cycle being 360°.

  • Phase

    To disturb the composure of; to disconcert; to nonplus; - an older spelling, now replaced by faze.

  • Step (verb)

    To move the foot in walking; to advance or recede by raising and moving one of the feet to another resting place, or by moving both feet in succession.

  • Step (verb)

    To walk; to go on foot; esp., to walk a little distance; as, to step to one of the neighbors.

  • Step (verb)

    To walk slowly, gravely, or resolutely.

  • Step (verb)

    Fig.: To move mentally; to go in imagination.

  • Step

    To set, as the foot.

  • Step

    To fix the foot of (a mast) in its step; to erect.

  • Step (noun)

    An advance or movement made by one removal of the foot; a pace.

  • Step (noun)

    A rest, or one of a set of rests, for the foot in ascending or descending, as a stair, or a round of a ladder.

  • Step (noun)

    The space passed over by one movement of the foot in walking or running; as, one step is generally about three feet, but may be more or less. Used also figuratively of any kind of progress; as, he improved step by step, or by steps.

  • Step (noun)

    A small space or distance; as, it is but a step.

  • Step (noun)

    A print of the foot; a footstep; a footprint; track.

  • Step (noun)

    Gait; manner of walking; as, the approach of a man is often known by his step.

  • Step (noun)

    Proceeding; measure; action; an act.

  • Step (noun)

    Walk; passage.

  • Step (noun)

    A portable framework of stairs, much used indoors in reaching to a high position.

  • Step (noun)

    In general, a framing in wood or iron which is intended to receive an upright shaft; specif., a block of wood, or a solid platform upon the keelson, supporting the heel of the mast.

  • Step (noun)

    One of a series of offsets, or parts, resembling the steps of stairs, as one of the series of parts of a cone pulley on which the belt runs.

  • Step (noun)

    The intervak between two contiguous degrees of the csale.

  • Step (noun)

    A change of position effected by a motion of translation.

  • Step (noun)

    At Eton College, England, a shallow step dividing the court into an inner and an outer portion.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Phase (noun)

    (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"

  • Phase (noun)

    any distinct time period in a sequence of events;

    "we are in a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be revised or rejected"

  • Phase (noun)

    a particular point in the time of a cycle; measured from some arbitrary zero and expressed as an angle

  • Phase (noun)

    (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"

  • Phase (verb)

    arrange in phases or stages;

    "phase a withdrawal"

  • Phase (verb)

    adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition;

    "he phased the intake with the output of the machine"

  • Step (noun)

    any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal;

    "the situation called for strong measures"

    "the police took steps to reduce crime"

  • Step (noun)

    the distance covered by a step;

    "he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig"

  • Step (noun)

    the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down;

    "he walked with unsteady steps"

  • Step (noun)

    support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway;

    "he paused on the bottom step"

  • Step (noun)

    relative position in a graded series;

    "always a step behind"

    "subtle gradations in color"

    "keep in step with the fashions"

  • Step (noun)

    a short distance;

    "it's only a step to the drugstore"

  • Step (noun)

    the sound of a step of someone walking;

    "he heard footsteps on the porch"

  • Step (noun)

    a musical interval of two semitones

  • Step (noun)

    a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface;

    "the police made casts of the footprints in the soft earth outside the window"

  • Step (noun)

    a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship's mast or capstan is fixed

  • Step (noun)

    a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance;

    "he taught them the waltz step"

  • Step (verb)

    shift or move by taking a step;

    "step back"

  • Step (verb)

    put down or press the foot, place the foot;

    "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"

    "step on the brake"

  • Step (verb)

    cause (a computer) to execute a single command

  • Step (verb)

    treat badly;

    "This boss abuses his workers"

    "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"

  • Step (verb)

    furnish with steps;

    "The architect wants to step the terrace"

  • Step (verb)

    move with one's feet in a specific manner;

    "step lively"

  • Step (verb)

    walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner;

    "step over to the blackboard"

  • Step (verb)

    place (a ship's mast) in its step

  • Step (verb)

    measure (distances) by pacing;

    "step off ten yards"

  • Step (verb)

    move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation;

    "She stepped into a life of luxury"

    "he won't step into his father's footsteps"

Princeton's WordNet

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