What does phenomenon mean?

Definitions for phenomenonfɪˈnɒm əˌnɒn, -nən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. phenomenon(noun)

    any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

  2. phenomenon(noun)

    a remarkable development

Wiktionary

  1. phenomenon(Noun)

    An observable fact or occurrence or a kind of observable fact or occurrence.

  2. phenomenon(Noun)

    Appearance; a perceptible aspect of something that is mutable.

  3. phenomenon(Noun)

    A fact or event considered very unusual, curious, or astonishing by those who witness it.

  4. phenomenon(Noun)

    A wonderful or very remarkable person or thing.

  5. phenomenon(Noun)

    An experienced object whose constitution reflects the order and conceptual structure imposed upon it by the human mind (especially by the powers of perception and understanding).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phenomenon(noun)

    an appearance; anything visible; whatever, in matter or spirit, is apparent to, or is apprehended by, observation; as, the phenomena of heat, light, or electricity; phenomena of imagination or memory

  2. Phenomenon(noun)

    that which strikes one as strange, unusual, or unaccountable; an extraordinary or very remarkable person, thing, or occurrence; as, a musical phenomenon

  3. Origin: [L. phaenomenon, Gr. faino`menon, fr. fai`nesqai to appear, fai`nein to show. See Phantom.]

Freebase

  1. Phenomenon

    A phenomenon, plural phenomena, is any observable occurrence. Phenomena are often, but not always, understood as 'appearances' or 'experiences'. These are themselves sometimes understood as involving qualia. The term came into its modern philosophical usage through Immanuel Kant, who contrasted it with the noumenon. In contrast to a phenomenon, a noumenon is not directly accessible to observation. Kant was heavily influenced by Leibniz in this part of his philosophy, in which phenomenon and noumenon serve as interrelated technical terms.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Phenomenon

    fē-nom′e-non, n. an appearance: the appearance which anything makes to our consciousness, as distinguished from what it is in itself: an observed result: a remarkable or unusual person, thing, or appearance:—pl. Phenom′ena.—adj. Phenom′enal, pertaining to a phenomenon: of the nature of a phenomenon: so strange as to excite great wonder: out of the common.—v.t. Phenom′enalise, to represent as a phenomenon.—ns. Phenom′enalism, the philosophical doctrine that the phenomenal and the real are identical—that phenomena are the only realities—also Externalism; Phenom′enalist, one who believes in phenomenalism; Phenomenal′ity, the character of being phenomenal.—adv. Phenom′enally.—v.t. Phenom′enise, to bring into the world of experience.—ns. Phenom′enism, the doctrines of the phenomenists; Phenom′enist, one who believes only what he observes, or phenomena, one who rejects necessary primary principles.—adj. Phenomenōlog′ical.—n. Phenomenol′ogy, a description of phenomena. [Gr. phainomenonphainein, to show.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'phenomenon' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4083

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'phenomenon' in Nouns Frequency: #1228

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of phenomenon in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of phenomenon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bob Geldof:

    The record, it's a song, it's a track but it's an event, and the next stage now is to turn it into a phenomenon like it was in the 80s.

  2. Albert Einstein:

    No, this trick won't work...How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love

  3. Sami Mssoli:

    It didn't take long for him to change, a matter of months, I really don't know what happened to him, but it's a serious phenomenon, and more are taking this route.

  4. Albert Einstein:

    I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts the rest are details.

  5. Maria Canabal:

    It's an isolated phenomenon because most of the country's restaurants are not haute cuisine, or don't offer indigenous products, i just hope (the phenomenon) inspires others to do the same.

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