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.
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How to use phenomenon in a sentence
The latter phenomenon was made famous in Miracle on the Hudson, the film starring Tom Hanks that recounted pilot Chesley Sullenberger’s emergency landing on the Hudson River.
The patterns that Lendner, Voytek and others look for are related to a phenomenon that scientists started noticing in complex systems throughout the natural world and technology in 1925.Brain’s ‘Background Noise’ May Hold Clues to Persistent Mysteries | Elizabeth Landau | February 8, 2021 | Quanta Magazine
I’d anticipate there will be some slowing for Peloton and other brands when vaccines make returning to gyms a more widescale phenomenon.Peloton will pump $100M into delivery logistics to ease supply concerns | Brian Heater | February 5, 2021 | TechCrunch
In a year with few true cultural phenomena, the 1990s Bulls docuseries The Last Dance stands out as a series that really ought to be rewarded.The 11 Weirdest Golden Globe Nominations—And What Should Have Been Nominated Instead | Eliana Dockterman | February 3, 2021 | Time
An oddity in some theorist’s equation points to a previously unknown phenomenon, which kicks off a search for evidence.Einstein’s theory of general relativity unveiled a dynamic and bizarre cosmos | Elizabeth Quill | February 3, 2021 | Science News
Putin, because of his acts in Ukraine, he lost Russkiy Mir as a phenomenon.Rebranding The Land of Mongol Warriors & Ivan The Terrible | Anna Nemtsova | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the phenomenon of counterfeiting is as old as couture itself.
Within a few summer weeks, “Hot N—” had become an inescapable pop-culture phenomenon and Bobby landed a major record deal.
That phenomenon is not limited to peaceniks with spiritual aspirations.
This is a well-documented phenomenon which does not worry specialists.
In a warlike age this peacefulness of a monarch was the great and supernatural phenomenon.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
This indeed does happen constantly on a small scale in the familiar phenomenon of over-production.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
When applied to the diagnosis of typhoid fever, the phenomenon is known as the Widal reaction.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
This curious phenomenon was also witnessed by the French in Geographe Bay.
In all savage races it has been recognised and dreaded, this phenomenon styled 'Wehr Wolf,' but to-day it is rare.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for 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-itself: Compare noumenon
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