Definition of phenomenon in English:

phenomenon

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nounplural noun phenomena/fəˈnämənə/ /fəˈnɑmənə/

  • 1A fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question.

    ‘glaciers are unique and interesting natural phenomena’
    • ‘I might add that sometimes explanations of physical phenomena involve mathematical facts.’
    • ‘It was left to Newton to provide the mathematical explanation of the phenomena that they observed.’
    • ‘They want science to be redefined to include non-natural or supernatural explanations for natural phenomena.’
    • ‘Natural philosophy then consisted of causal explanation of observed phenomena in nature within such a logical and schematic programme.’
    • ‘It was an unquestioned assumption in all of my science classes that nothing exists except natural phenomena.’
    • ‘The major global geophysical catastrophes that await us down the line are in fact just run-of-the-mill natural phenomena writ large.’
    • ‘It is assumed that normal science is sufficient for the explanation of all natural phenomena.’
    • ‘Science is itself an ideology, one that properly restricts its own sphere of influence to observing and explaining physical phenomena.’
    • ‘A theory is more than a definition; it is a framework that supplies an orderly explanation of observed phenomena.’
    • ‘The superstition of religion originated in man's inability to explain natural phenomena.’
    • ‘Experts routinely have to reassess the damage done by natural phenomena such as earthquakes or hurricanes.’
    • ‘The objects of science are materializable concepts, not natural phenomena.’
    • ‘Lightning is one of the most fascinating yet beautiful natural weather phenomena that we see here on Earth.’
    • ‘These policies have left us badly exposed and at the mercy of natural phenomena like drought.’
    • ‘He said the fog reported by the farmers was a natural phenomenon and not connected with the power plant.’
    • ‘Phenology is the study of recurring natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate.’
    • ‘Although such reports are often discounted as meteor showers or astronomical phenomena, other sightings are not so easy to dismiss.’
    • ‘The observed maturation phenomena are generally not observed in dedifferentiated HCC.’
    • ‘Scientific laws are the means, the logical tool that helps interpret facts, phenomena and processes.’
    • ‘On the other hand, he acknowledges psychokinesis as a likely explanation for poltergeist phenomena.’
    occurrence, event, happening, fact, situation, circumstance, experience, case, incident, episode, sight, appearance, thing
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  • 2A remarkable person, thing, or event.

    ‘the band was a pop phenomenon just for their sales figures alone’
    • ‘Perhaps the remarkable phenomenon is that anything like the old nationalism echoed at all.’
    • ‘Hip-hop has long been one of the most fashion-conscious cultural phenomena in America.’
    • ‘As he nears the end of his remarkable career, Warne is a phenomenon waiting to be cast in gold for posterity.’
    • ‘The exhibition pays tribute to Godzilla as cultural phenomenon rather than mere pop icon.’
    • ‘You may also recall a while back my talking about the hilarity provided by the Pop Idol phenomenon.’
    • ‘You see, the collapse of respect for politics is a remarkably recent phenomenon.’
    • ‘Heavy metal, as opposed to hard rock, was a quintessentially British phenomenon.’
    • ‘One of the most remarkable economic phenomena over the past few years has been the emergence of Internet business.’
    • ‘The Jansenist Nouvelles was one of the most remarkable publishing phenomena of the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘Of course all this fuss is nothing compared to the phenomenon of Pop Idol.’
    • ‘The basic objective of the study was to focus on clothing and to project fashion as a social phenomenon.’
    • ‘What was expected to be a success at best has become a pop cultural phenomenon for people of all ages and backgrounds.’
    • ‘According to the morass of statistics, crime is a remarkably flexible phenomenon across England and Wales.’
    • ‘Cigar box handbags, made from original wooden cigar boxes, are not a new fashion phenomenon.’
    • ‘Any examination of Yali's question must address the phenomena of the Fertile Crescent.’
    • ‘Recent centuries have produced explanation after explanation for the phenomenon labelled God.’
    • ‘A definition of terrorism does exist, and the phenomenon also amounts to a customary international law crime.’
    • ‘What requires explanation is not the phenomenon of cooperation but that of a State.’
    • ‘On top of this situation you add the phenomenon of uncontrolled violence.’
    marvel, sensation, wonder, prodigy, miracle, rarity, nonpareil, curiosity, spectacle
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  • 3Philosophy
    The object of a person's perception; what the senses or the mind notice.

    ‘No empirical phenomena seem to demand a notion of backward causation for our understanding of them.’
    • ‘Kant also says that the categories can be applied to phenomena, but not to noumena.’
    • ‘According to Bohr, the only real properties of natural phenomena are observed phenomena.’
    • ‘Some forms of materialism argue that the mental phenomena in question do not even exist.’
    • ‘For Kant, the proper explanation of natural phenomena is in terms of laws which state patterns according to which events occur.’

Pronunciation

phenomenon

/fəˈnäməˌnän/ /fəˈnɑməˌnɑn/ /fəˈnäməˌnən/ /fəˈnɑməˌnən/

Usage

The word phenomenon comes from Greek, and its plural form is phenomena, as in these phenomena are not fully understood. It is a mistake to treat phenomena as if it were a singular form, as in this is a strange phenomena

Origin

Late 16th century via late Latin from Greek phainomenon ‘thing appearing to view’, based on phainein ‘to show’.