Phase vs Dimension - What's the difference?

phase | dimension |

As nouns the difference between phase and dimension

is that phase is phase while dimension is dimension.



Etymology 1

From ; compare phantasm and see face.


(en noun)
  • A distinguishable part of a sequence or cycle occurring over time.
  • That which is exhibited to the eye; the appearance which anything manifests, especially any one among different and varying appearances of the same object.
  • Any appearance or aspect of an object of mental apprehension or view.
  • The problem has many phases .
  • (astronomy) A particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes with respect to quantity of illumination or form, or the absence, of its enlightened disk; as, the phases of the moon or planets''. Illustrated in .
  • (physics) 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.
  • (chemistry) 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.
  • (rugby union) The period of play between consecutive breakdowns.
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  • , year=2011 , date=Septembe 24 , author=Ben Dirs , title=Rugby World Cup 2011: England 67-3 Romania , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=When Romania did manage to string together' some ' phases midway through the first half, England's discipline held firm, although on the whole it was a less focused display from the Six Nations champions in the second half.}}
  • (genetics) A haplotype.
  • 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.
  • (genetics, informal, transitive) To determine haplotypes in (data) when genotypes are known.
  • To pass into or through a solid object.
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  • Usage notes
    See notes at faze .
    Derived terms
    * phase in * phase out * unphased

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * Phase

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • (obsolete) Passover
  • References


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    (en noun)
  • A single aspect of a given thing.
  • A measure of spatial extent in a particular direction, such as height, width or breadth, or depth.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-01
  • , author=Robert L. Dorit , title=Rereading Darwin , volume=100, issue=1, page=23 , magazine= citation , passage=We live our lives in three dimensions for our threescore and ten allotted years. Yet every branch of contemporary science, from statistics to cosmology, alludes to processes that operate on scales outside of human experience: the millisecond and the nanometer, the eon and the light-year.}}
  • A construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished.
  • (geometry) The number of independent coordinates needed to specify uniquely the location of a point in a space; also, any of such independent coordinates.
  • (linear algebra) The number of elements of any basis of a vector space.
  • (physics) One of the physical properties that are regarded as fundamental measures of a physical quantity, such as mass, length and time.
  • The dimension of velocity is length divided by time.
  • (computing) Any of the independent ranges of indices in a multidimensional array.
  • (science fiction, fantasy) An alternative universe or plane of existence.
  • Synonyms

    * (single aspect of a thing ): aspect * (measure of spatial extent ): magnitude, proportion, size, scope * (construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished ): attribute, property

    Derived terms

    * * * * correlation dimension * dimensional * dimensional analysis * dimensional shingle * exterior dimension * four-dimensional * fourth dimension * fractal dimension * Hamel dimension * Hausdorff dimension * information dimension * isoperimetric dimension * Kaplan-Yorke dimension * Krull dimension * Lebesgue covering dimension * Lyapunov dimension * multidimensional * one-dimensional * pointwise dimension * poset dimension * q-dimension * third dimension * three-dimensional * transdimensional


    (en verb)
  • To mark, cut or shape something to specified dimensions.