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).

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.

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

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

  2. Phenomenonnoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

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

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

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    The numerical value of phenomenon in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

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    The numerical value of phenomenon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of phenomenon in a Sentence

  1. Denise LaFrance:

    Do not dissect a rainbow. In other words, do not destroy a beautiful phenomenon by overanalyzing it.

  2. Norbert Schartel:

    Finding one source is great, but knowing that this phenomenon is common in the Universe would be a real breakthrough, even with XMM-Newton, we might be able to find more such sources in the next decade.

  3. Andre Strauss:

    This ritualized decapitation attests to the early sophistication of mortuary rituals among hunter-gatherers in the Americas, geographically, it expands the known range of decapitation in more than 2,000 kilometers (about 1,240 miles), showing that during the early Holocene, this was not a phenomenon restricted to the western part of the continent as previously assumed.

  4. David Paleologos:

    The poll's symmetry of mutual concern is a new phenomenon — though not exactly balanced. When gay marriage supporters were asked whether they respect their opponents, 70% said yes. Just 61% of gay marriage opponents said the same. Compassion is not yet equally contagious.

  5. Sigmund Freud:

    The expectation that every neurotic phenomenon can be cured may, I suspect, be derived from the layman's belief that the neuroses are something quite unnecessary which have no right whatever to exist. Whereas in fact they are severe, constitutionally fixed illnesses, which rarely restrict themselves to only a few attacks but persist as a rule over long periods throughout life.

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