from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In astronomy, a phase.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See phase.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun phase, stage
  • noun aspect


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  • Imagine a sun containing within its proper atmosphere a multitude of transparent satellites, lost in the glory, or all joining to form the visible 'phasis' or disk; and then beyond the precincts of this sun a number of opake bodies at various distances, and having a common center of their own round which they revolve, and each more or less according to the lesser or greater distance partaking of the light and natural warmth of the sun, which I have been supposing; but not sharing in its peculiar influences, or in the solar life sustainable only by the vital air of the solar atmosphere.

    The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • There were no signs of acute agony when this phasis of countenance was to be seen, none of the horrid symptoms of gnawing hunger by which one generally supposes that famine is accompanied.

    Castle Richmond

  • But if you fail, "and she paused for em-phasis," you'll remain just as you are, frozen in ability and evolution as well as in daily life.

    Mission to Moulokin

  • The Buddha is reported to have laid supreme em - phasis upon the pain and misery of human existence, and claimed to reveal how release could be obtained.


  • The current em - phasis on the varieties of phenomena need not then be hostile, as it tends to be, to scientific theory; it may rather be preparing us for a better theory to come.


  • What also especially distinguished Upham from the often over - intellectualist tone of his contemporaries was his em - phasis on emotions — here he was looking back, per - haps, to Jonathan Edwards.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • These discussions also reflected, to be sure, secular ideas as well as the posi - tion of the writer in the social order; but all of them, notwithstanding differences of interpretation and em - phasis, shared the basic Christian idea of man's dualistic nature: an eternal soul and a corporeal body, often in conflict since each human being was subject both to divine and, because of Adam's fall, to satanic direction and influence.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • In those days the study of nature turned away from the Aristotelian world view with its em - phasis on qualitative change and teleological reasoning.


  • The Epicurean with his em - phasis on pleasure and his dislike of “culture” never - theless saw, by using his reason, that most pleasures are the prelude to pain and that the avoidance of pain is the sanest form of hedonism.


  • The earliest modern source was the Benthamite em - phasis on measurement.



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