in the fictional universe of the Star Trek franchise: a (usu. hand-held) weapon incorporating an energy beam whose phase can be altered to create different effects (such as stunning, disintegration, etc.) on the target
Originally from Star Trek. The 1953 Heinlein quote shows an unrelated sense, a device that adjusts the phase of a force field.
They were a little slow synchronizing the field…or else this bucket of bolts has an unbalanced phaser. ]
Reference the mating of various components of the phaser weapons…when the hand phaser is mated to the pistol, they should appear as one weapon.
In view of the warning, they all carried number-one phasers, in addition to a tricorder.
The hand phasers’ variety of power settings include a wide range of choices that permit the phaser to be used as a cutting torch, welding device, and similar hand tool needs.
The hand-carried weapons, called ‘phasers’, are pure energy weapons (as are all offensive weapons in the ship’s arsenal).
The ship’s phaser banks are located on the underside of the saucer-shaped hull.
A number of early changes were simply an effort to keep Star Trek’s technology ahead of present-day scientific developments. This was the reason Gene reversed himself on an earlier decision in the ‘planning’ stage and discarded the term ‘Laser’, substituting the term ‘Phaser’.
He would have traded the whole wealth of them for a hand phaser.
Phasers on stun.
His hand went fast to the phaser at his belt.
I…discovered that the ship’s phasers were no longer functional.
He and Giellun…had finally succeeded in attaching those stealthily-acquired Klingon gunnery augmentation circuits to Bloodwing’s phasers.
Tang stroked his round, stubbled chin. The large phaser he always wore was clipped to his waist and slapped against his thick leg.
‘Phasers on stun,’ Torres said softly to Kim while not slowing down. ‘Make it back to that ship and hold it secure. Understood?’
A beam of yellow light, like a phaser blast in Star Trek, shoots across the bay.
Eden led the security team into the shuttlebay, her phaser at the ready. It had been a long time since she had engaged in a combat scenario that wasn’t a simulation, but her body remembered what her mind would have preferred to forget.
G. Roddenberry in letter
Jeff Prucher found a 1953 cite for "phaser" in Robert A. Heinlein's "Starman Jones", but this was an unrelated sense, for a device for adjusting the "phase" of a force field.
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