Definition of phaser in US English:



  • 1An instrument that alters a sound signal by phasing it.

    • ‘There was also a stereo drum loop, and the mix included six reverbs, four resonant filters, three phasers, two delays, two choruses, one EQ and MOTU's powerful MasterWorks multiband compression.’
    • ‘In the phase processing circuit 200, a phaser 214 varies the phase of the signal in accordance with its frequency, and a phase inverter 218 inverts the phase of the phase-varied signal by 90°.’
    • ‘Phasers can be used to slightly modulate or heavily distort the signal spectrum.’
  • 2(in science fiction) a weapon that delivers a beam that can stun or annihilate.

    • ‘If you were being menaced by a bug-eyed monster but lacked a phaser or psionic powers, your last hope might be a shuttle-craft to get you off-world.’
    • ‘The folks at Master Replicas are selling phasers, communicators, and light sabers with stuff from ‘Lord of the Rings’ on the way.’
    • ‘From the phasers, transporters and warp engines of the original series to the plasma conduits and microfusion of the 24th Century, we boldly explore where Star Trek can go next.’
    • ‘The usual phaser and Star Wars related sound effects are all present and accounted for and the soundtrack is pulled straight from the movie.’
    • ‘‘Directed-energy’ pulses can be throttled up or down depending on the situation, much like the phasers on ‘Star Trek’ could be set to kill or merely stun.’