- a plural of phenomenon.
- a fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable: to study the phenomena of nature.
- something that is impressive or extraordinary.
- a remarkable or exceptional person; prodigy; wonder.
- an appearance or immediate object of awareness in experience.
- Kantianism.a thing as it appears to and is constructed by the mind, as distinguished from a noumenon, or thing-in-itself.
Origin of phenomenon
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Examples from the Web for phenomena
Two 20th-century phenomena, occurring in quick succession, are the culprits.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
That law governs all sorts of phenomena, including rocket engines, collisions between electrons, and car wrecks.Dear NASA: Fuel-Free Rocket Thruster Is Literally Too Good to Be True
Matthew R. Francis
August 4, 2014
We have suffered immensely as the state blamed for the “big hair” phenomena.Bridgegate Looks Almost Good Next to New Jersey’s Other Embarrassments
January 13, 2014
These two phenomena leave Apple vulnerable to cheaper, aggressive competitors.Wall Street’s Not Buying This ‘Cheap’ iPhone
September 11, 2013
Phenomena like the Tea Party are not without precedence on the American political landscape.The Tea Party Isn’t Dead Yet
July 29, 2013
All of which phenomena were due solely to the rage that welled inside his heart.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
We are a succession of phenomena very absolutely determined.Initiation into Philosophy
And nature furnishes no greater clue to the one set of phenomena than the other.
Nor is the one set of phenomena any more marvellous in its manifestations than the other.
It is important to know what the phenomena are, but it is yet more important to know how?The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
- a plural of phenomenon
- anything that can be perceived as an occurrence or fact by the senses
- any remarkable occurrence or person
- the object of perception, experience, etc
- (in the writings of Kant) a thing as it appears and is interpreted in perception and reflection, as distinguished from its real nature as a thing-in-itselfCompare noumenon
Word Origin and History for phenomena
plural of phenomenon. Sometimes also erroneously used as a singular.
1570s, "fact, occurrence," from Late Latin phænomenon, from Greek phainomenon "that which appears or is seen," noun use of neuter present participle of phainesthai "to appear," passive of phainein (see phantasm). Meaning "extraordinary occurrence" first recorded 1771. Plural is phenomena.
- An occurrence, circumstance, or fact that is perceptible by the senses, especially one in relation to a disease.
- An unusual, significant, or unaccountable fact or occurrence; a marvel.