Origin of phenomena
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH phenomenaphenomena , phenomenal, phenomenon (see usage note at the current entry)
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What does phenomena mean?
Phenomena is the plural of phenomenon, which most generally refers to an observable occurrence or circumstance. For example, hurricanes and tornadoes are two kinds of weather phenomena.
Phenomenon is also commonly used to refer to an extraordinary event or something that becomes the subject of widespread interest and attention, as in Both films have become worldwide phenomena.
Sometimes, phenomenon refers to a person with an extraordinary talent or ability, especially a relatively young person who is considered a prodigy. The word phenom (a shortened form of phenomenon) is commonly used to mean the same thing, as in She became an internationally known chess phenom when she was just 14 years old. This sense of phenomenon is not commonly pluralized as phenomena.
Example: Scientists are struggling to explain these strange phenomena, saying they’ve never seen anything like them.
Where does phenomena come from?
The first records of the word phenomena come from the 1580s. It is the plural of phenomenon, which comes from the Greek phainómenon, from the verb phaínesthai, meaning “to appear, become visible,” from phaínein, “to show, bring to light, make known.”
Most senses of phenomenon deal with things that are visible or observable or that have become well-known. In science, the word phenomena is typically used to refer to things that occur naturally and can be observed, such as a weather phenomena or a cosmic phenomena. In philosophy, it’s used more broadly to refer to objects of perception or experience.
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- phenomenon (singular)
- phenomenal (adjective)
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How is phenomena used in real life?
Phenomena is a somewhat formal word, but it can be used in all kinds of contexts, including serious scientific ones and ones involving pop culture.
A theory of everything would be the crowning achievement of 2,000 years of science, capable of unifying all known phenomena into a single equation. Not surprisingly, it is also the most controversial, with Nobel Laureates taking opposite positions on this fundamental question.
— Dr. Michio Kaku (@michiokaku) February 1, 2021
Eye in the sky views of events from the past year. #Landsat captured natural phenomena and hazards, upgrades to the inventory, and significant milestones to its archive. Cheers to a year of Landsat in review.🛰️📡 #YearInReview pic.twitter.com/QOy9tCw3Q3
— USGS Landsat Program (@USGSLandsat) December 31, 2020
Noctilucent clouds- very rare phenomena, and extremely high- between 82-85km in altitude. pic.twitter.com/O7zmr6GWj7
— Terry Virts (@AstroTerry) May 27, 2015
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How to use phenomena in a sentence
Eventually, Collins wrote a best-selling book of his own, The Language of God, in which he uses scientific phenomena as evidence of a Deity.NIH Director Francis Collins Is Fighting This Coronavirus While Preparing for the Next One|Belinda Luscombe|February 4, 2021|Time
You can’t describe the interesting phenomena of the world if you just start with Coulomb’s law and the Schrödinger equation.The Physicist’s New Book of Life - Issue 92: Frontiers|Michael Brooks|October 21, 2020|Nautilus
No sooner had the radical equations of quantum mechanics been discovered than physicists identified one of the strangest phenomena the theory allows.Quantum Tunnels Show How Particles Can Break the Speed of Light|Natalie Wolchover|October 20, 2020|Quanta Magazine
In the late 1980s, a mathematician named Andreas Floer developed a theory called Floer homology, a powerful framework that is now the primary way mathematicians investigate symplectic phenomena.How Physics Found a Geometric Structure for Math to Play With|Kevin Hartnett|July 29, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Another quantum phenomena called entanglement makes it possible to link many of these qubits together.
One of the most romantic—and, some would say, unrealistic—phenomena of American culture is the concept of “the one.”Swimming Owls, Jane Krakowski’s Peter Pan Live! Audition, and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Much of this shift reflects the social phenomena of inheritors in general.Trustafarians Want to Tell You How to Live|Joel Kotkin|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Two 20th-century phenomena, occurring in quick succession, are the culprits.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality|Noah Caldwell|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Comic-Con is now a huge pop culture phenomena and major money maker for San Diego.Too Many Spider-Men, Too Little Time: Get Ready for Comic-Con|Annaliza Savage|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The particular phenomena of vegetation also afford abundant evidence that humus cannot be the only source of carbon.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry|Thomas Anderson
First of all comes astronomy, including the phenomena exhibited in the heavens, beyond the limits of the earth's atmosphere.
The reader will therefore, I am sure, bear with me if I make two or three silly suggestions upon this phenomena of moving tables.Second Edition of A Discovery Concerning Ghosts|George Cruikshank
At first geologists were disposed to attribute all the phenomena of mountain-folding to the progressive cooling of the earth.
Look beyond the phenomena of uplifted mountain-masses, deep-scooped ocean basins, forest-laying tempests and land-consuming waves.Gospel Philosophy|J. H. Ward