What does phenomenon mean?

Definitions for phenomenon
fɪˈnɒm əˌnɒn, -nənphe·nom·e·non

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. phenomenonnoun

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

  2. phenomenonnoun

    a remarkable development

Wiktionary

  1. phenomenonnoun

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

  2. phenomenonnoun

    Appearance; a perceptible aspect of something that is mutable.

  3. phenomenonnoun

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

  4. phenomenonnoun

    A wonderful or very remarkable person or thing.

  5. phenomenonnoun

    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).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Phenomenonnoun

    Etymology: φαίνομενον; phenomene, Fr.

    Short-sighted minds are unfit to make philosophers, whose business it is to describe in comprehensive theories, the phenomena of the world and their causes. Burnet.

    The most considerable phenomenon, belonging to terrestrial bodies, is gravitation, whereby all bodies in the vicinity of the earth press towards its centre. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

Wikipedia

  1. Phenomenon

    A phenomenon (Greek: φαινόμενον, romanized: phainómenon, lit. 'thing appearing to view'; plural phenomena) is an observable fact or event. The term came into its modern philosophical usage through Immanuel Kant, who contrasted it with the noumenon, which cannot be directly observed. Kant was heavily influenced by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in this part of his philosophy, in which phenomenon and noumenon serve as interrelated technical terms. Far predating this, the ancient Greek Pyrrhonist philosopher Sextus Empiricus also used phenomenon and noumenon as interrelated technical terms.

ChatGPT

  1. phenomenon

    A phenomenon refers to a notable event, occurrence, or situation that can be observed and studied. It often describes a phenomenon that is uncommon or out of the ordinary, attracting attention and curiosity. Phenomena can range from natural occurrences in the world, such as weather patterns or geological events, to human behavior, societal trends, scientific discoveries, or even supernatural or unexplained phenomena. They are typically subject to observation, analysis, and explanation in various fields, including the natural sciences, social sciences, and philosophy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Phenomenonnoun

    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. Phenomenonnoun

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

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

Wikidata

  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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. phenomenon

    A natural fact or event.

    Astronomy is considered to have many phenomenon due to the nature of stars, the universe etc.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 11, 2020  

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

  2. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of phenomenon in a Sentence

  1. Sonja Diaz:

    It's likely that Latino males will support Trump in 2020 at higher rates than Latinas. And you see that generally in terms of the trends of White voters and White males in particular, i think that there's something around masculinity and misogyny that is really galvanizing some voters who identify as men. And I don't know that there is a cultural component to it. It's just an American male phenomenon.

  2. Bob McCann:

    We've seen cash holdings higher than what you would traditionally think ... since 2009 on, i don't think that's a temporary phenomenon.

  3. Jack Levin:

    It should be part of a regular school curriculum to remind kids these things are going on. it's the excessive media attention that creates the copycat phenomenon. We make celebrities out of monsters.

  4. Tony Chammany:

    Addressing both these phenomenon, climate change and modern slavery, is a herculean task for us as city administrators.

  5. Ravi Shah:

    Depression is not a single day phenomenon, depression is a clinical syndrome that has to be at least two weeks, most of the day, most days over time.

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