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phenomenon Explained

phenomenon at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


phenomenon at English irregular forms Of Explained:

(pl) phenomena

phenomenon at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1576, "fact, occurrence," from L. phaenomenon, from Gk. phainomenon "that which appears or is seen," noun use of neut. prp. of phainesthai "appear." Meaning "extraordinary occurrence" first recorded 1771. Plural is phenomena. Phenomenal "of the nature of a phenomenon" is from 1825; meaning "extraordinary" is first attested 1850. Shortened form phenom is baseball slang, first recorded 1890. ///

phenomenon at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

W3 n plural phenomena /-n[hA353]/ [C] // [Date: 1500-1600; Language: Late Latin; Origin: Greek phainomenon, from phainein 'to show']//
1 something that happens or exists in society, science, or nature, especially something that is studied because it is difficult to understand: phenomenon of// --the growing phenomenon of telecommuting// --Homelessness is not a new phenomenon .// natural/historical/social etc phenomenon // --Language is a social and cultural phenomenon.//
2 something or someone that is very unusual because of a rare quality or ability that they have:

phenomenon at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

58 Moby Thesaurus words for "phenomenon":
abnormality, actuality, adventure, amazement, anomaly, apparition,
appearance, astonishing thing, astonishment, circumstance,
curiosity, episode, event, exception, experience, fact,
false image, figure, form, gazingstock, hap, happening,
happenstance, image, incident, marvel, marvelment, matter of fact,
miracle, mirage, nonesuch, occasion, occurrence, paradox,
particular, peculiarity, phantom, phasm, portent, presence,
prodigy, quite a thing, rarity, reality, sensation, shape, sight,
singularity, something else, spectacle, stunner, turn of events,
uniqueness, unusualness, vision, wonder, wonderful thing,

phenomenon at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Extrinsicality): objectiveness, non ego, extraneousness, accident, appearance, phenomenon.

[N] (Eventuality): eventuality, event, occurrence, incident, affair, matter, thing, episode, happening, proceeding, contingency, juncture, experience, fact, matter of fact, phenomenon, business, concern, transaction, dealing, proceeding, circumstance, accident, adventure.

[N] (Appearance): appearance, phenomenon, sight, spectacle, show, scene, species, view, lookout, outlook, prospect, vista, perspective, bird's-eye view, scenery, landscape, picture, tableau, display, exposure, phantasm, phantom, mirage, pageant.

[N] (Prodigy): prodigy, phenomenon, wonder, marvel, miracle, curiosity, sight, spectacle, sensation, wonderment.

phenomenon at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 a fact or an event in nature or society, especially one that is not fully understood:
cultural / natural / social phenomena * Terrorism is a phenomenon of the 20th century. * Early retirement is a relatively new phenomenon in Britain.
2 (plural phenomenons in AmE) a person or thing that is very successful or impressive

Phenomenon at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Phenomenon \Phe*nom"e*non\, n.; pl. {Phenomena}. [L.
phaenomenon, Gr. faino`menon, fr. fai`nesqai to appear,
fai`nein to show. See {Phantom}.]
1. 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.

In the phenomena of the material world, and in many
of the phenomena of mind. --Stewart.

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

phenomenon at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: any state or process known through the senses rather than by
intuition or reasoning
2: a remarkable development
[also: {phenomena} (pl)]

phenomenon at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedi » a

Alternative forms

* phaenomenon, phænomenon Inter: qualifier » archaic
  • phainomenon Inter: qualifier » archaic, academic, or technical
  • phœnomenon Inter: qualifier » hypercorrect|obsolete


    From Inter: etyl » LL. Inter: term » phaenomenon||appearance|lang=la, from Inter: etyl » grc Inter: term » sc=polytonic|φαινόμενον|tr=phainomenon||thing appearing to view, neuter present passive participle of Inter: term » sc=polytonic|φαίνω|tr=phainō||I show.


    * Inter: a » RP Inter: enPR » fĭnŏʹmĭnŏn, Inter: IPA » /fəˈnɒmənɒn, -nən/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /fI"nQmInQn/
  • Inter: audio » en-uk-phenomenon.ogg|Audio (UK)


    Inter: en-noun » phenomena

  • An observable fact or occurrence or a kind of observable fact or occurrence.
    1. 1900, Category: w - :Andrew Lang|Andrew Lang, The Making of Religion, ch. 1:
    2. : The Indians, making a hasty inference from a trivial phenomenon, arrived unawares at a probably correct conclusion.
    3. 2007, "Ask the Experts: Hurricanes," USA Today, 7 Nov. (retrieved 16 Jan. 2009):
    4. : Hurricanes are a meteorological phenomenon.
    5. Appearance; a perceptible aspect of something that is mutable.
    6. 1662, Thomas Salusbury (translator), Galileos Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief Systems of the World'', First Day:
    7. : I verily believe that in the Moon there are no rains, for if Clouds should gather in any part thereof, as they do about the Earth, they would thereupon hide from our sight some of those things, which we with the Telescope behold in the Moon, and in a word, would some way or other change its Phœnomenon.
    8. A fact or event considered very unusual, curious, or astonishing by those who witness it.
    9. 1816, Category: w - :Walter Scott|Sir Walter Scott, The Antiquary—Volume I, ch. 18:
    10. : The phenomenon of a huge blazing fire, upon the opposite bank of the glen, again presented itself to the eye of the watchman. . . . He resolved to examine more nearly the object of his wonder.
    11. A wonderful or very remarkable person or thing.
    12. 1839, Category: w - :Charles Dickens|Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 23:
    13. : "This, sir," said Mr Vincent Crummles, bringing the maiden forward, "this is the infant phenomenon—Miss Ninetta Crummles."
    14. 1888, Category: w - :Rudyard Kipling|Rudyard Kipling, "The Phantom Rickshaw":
    15. : But, all the same, you're a phenomenon, and as queer a phenomenon as you are a blackguard.
    16. Inter: philosophy » chiefly|Kantian|_|idealism 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).
    17. 1900, Category: w - :Samuel Tolver Preston|S. Tolver Preston, "Comparison of Some Views of Spencer and Kant," Mind, vol. 9, no. 34, p. 234:
    18. : Every "phenomenon" must be, at any rate, partly subjective or dependent on the subject.
    19. 1912, Category: w - :Roy Wood Sellars|Roy Wood Sellars, "Is There a Cognitive Relation?" The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods, vol. 9, no. 9, p. 232:
    20. : The Kantian phenomenon is the real as we are compelled to think it.

      Usage notes

      * The universal, common, modern spelling of this term is Inter: term » |phenomenon. Of the Alternative forms listed above, Inter: term » phaenomenon|lang=en, Inter: term » phænomenon|lang=en, and Inter: term » phainomenon|lang=en are etymologically consistent, retaining the Inter: polytonic » αι diphthong from its Ancient Greek etymon Inter: term » sc=polytonic|φαινόμενον|tr=phainomenon|lang=grc; in the case of the first two, it is in the Romanised form of the Latin Inter: term » |ae diphthong, whereas in the latter it is a direct transcription of the original Ancient Greek. The forms spelt with Inter: term » |oe and Inter: term » |œ have no etymological basis. All those Alternative forms are pronounced identically with Inter: term » |phenomenon and are archaic, except for Inter: term » |phainomenon, which sees some technical use in academia and is pronounced with an initial Inter: enPRchar » fī (Inter: IPAchar » faɪ, Inter: SAMPAchar » faI).

  • By far the most common and universally accepted plural form is the classical Inter: term » phenomena|lang=en; the Anglicised Inter: term » phenomenons|lang=en is also sometimes used. The plural form Inter: term » |phenomena is frequently misused in the singular. Arising from this misuse, the double plurals Inter: term » phenomenas|lang=en and Inter: term » phenomenae|lang=en, as well as a form employing the greengrocer’s apostrophe — Inter: term » phenomena's|phenomena’s|lang=en — are seen in non-standard use; they are erroneous.


    * Inter: sense » observable fact or occurrence event
  • Inter: sense » unusual, curious, or astonishing fact or event marvel, miracle, oddity, wonder
  • Inter: sense » wonderful person or thing marvel, miracle, phenom, prodigy, wonder


    * Inter: sense » philosophy: experienced object structured by the mind noumenon, thing-in-itself

    Derived terms

    * phenom

    Related terms

    Inter: rel-top3 » Terms related to "phenomenon"
  • phenomenal
  • phenomenalism

  • Inter: rel-mid » 3
    • phenomenalistic
    • phenomenally

    Inter: rel-mid » 3
  • phenomenology

  • Inter: rel-botto » m


    Inter: trans-top » observable fact or occurrence
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|ظاهرة|f|tr=Zaahira
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|երևույթ|tr=erevuyt’
    • Asturian: Inter: t- » ast|fenómenu|m
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|fenomen|m
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t- » cmn|現象|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|现象|tr=xiànxiàng|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|úkaz|m, Inter: t+ » cs|jev|m
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|fenomeen|n
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|fenomeno
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|ilmiö
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|phénomène|m
    • Galician: Inter: t- » gl|fenómeno|m
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Phänomen|n

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|φαινόμενο|n|tr=fainómeno
  • Haitian Creole: Inter: tø » ht|fenomèn
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|jelenség, Inter: t+ » hu|tünemény, Inter: t+ » hu|tünet
  • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|現象|tr=げんしょう, genshō
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|fenomen|m, Inter: t+ » pl|zjawisko|n
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|fenómeno|m, Inter: t+ » pt|fenômeno|m
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|fenomen|n
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|явление|n|tr=javlénije, Inter: t+ » ru|событие|n|tr=sobýtije, Inter: t+ » ru|феномен|m|tr=fenómen, fenomén, Inter: t+ » ru|эффект|m|tr=effékt
  • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|pojava|f
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|fenómeno|m
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|fenomen|n
  • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|fenomen

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » unusual, curious, or astonishing fact or event
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|ֆենոմեն|tr=fenomen
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|fenomen|m
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|úkaz|m
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|fenomeen|n
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|phénomène|m
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Phänomen|n
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|φαινόμενο|n|tr=fainómeno
    • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|fenomén
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|現象|tr=げんしょう, genshō
    • Manx: Inter: t- » gv|ard-yindys|m

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Inter: trreq » fa
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|fenomen|m, Inter: t+ » pl|zjawisko|n
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|fenómeno|m, Inter: t+ » pt|fenômeno|m
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|fenomen|n
  • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|необыкновенное явление|n|tr=neobyknovénnoje javlénije|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|феномен|m|tr=fenómen, fenomén|sc=Cyrl
  • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|pojava|f
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|fenómeno|m
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|fenomen|n

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » philosophy: experienced object structured by the mind
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|fenomen|m
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|fenomén|m
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|φαινόμενο|n|tr=fainómeno
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|jelenség
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|現象|tr=げんしょう, genshō

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|fenómeno|m, Inter: t+ » pt|fenômeno|m
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|fenomen|n
  • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|pojava|f
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|fenómeno|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    External links

    * Inter: R:Webster 191 » 3
    • Inter: R:Century 191 » 1

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    Translation: ar » phenomenon
    Translation: de » phenomenon
    Translation: et » phenomenon
    Translation: el » phenomenon
    Translation: eo » phenomenon
    Translation: fa » phenomenon
    Translation: fr » phenomenon
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    Translation: io » phenomenon
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