- Also prom·i·nen·cy. the state of being prominent; conspicuousness.
- something that is prominent; a projection or protuberance: a prominence high over a ravine.
- Also called solar prominence. Astronomy. an eruption of a flamelike tongue of relatively cool, high-density gas from the solar chromosphere into the corona where it can be seen during a solar eclipse or by observing strong spectral lines in its emission spectrum.
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Being something of a political cipher may have helped Revels rise to prominence.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate
January 7, 2015
He first rose to prominence as a lawyer in Queens, who settled a boiling racial dispute over public housing in Forest Hills.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person
January 2, 2015
This puts them at odds with the countless polytheistic religions, where many gods compete for prominence.Does Pope Francis Believe Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?
December 7, 2014
The opposite phenomenon also occurs: neglected writers who ascend to prominence only posthumously.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
Yet because of her prominence, it has had an outsized impact on the media-political complex.Robin Roberts’s Coming Out Party
December 31, 2013
Yet there was a set of the mouth and a prominence of the chin which relieved him of any trace of effeminacy.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
But he was prominent in nothing, for prominence was to him a thing like bodily pain.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
It had become a grimace that creased every wrinkle into prominence.The Paliser case
Prominence was given to local endeavor in behalf of the helpless poor.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
This was the time when Pandit Sashadhar rose into prominence.My Reminiscences
- the state or quality of being prominent
- something that is prominent, such as a protuberance
- relative importance or consequence
- astronomy an eruption of incandescent gas from the sun's surface that can reach an altitude of several hundred thousand kilometres. Prominences are visible during a total eclipse. When viewed in front of the brighter solar disc, they are called filaments
Word Origin and History for prominence
1590s, "projection," from obsolete French prominence (16c.), from Latin prominentia "a jutting out" (see prominent). Meaning "distinction, conspicuousness" is attested by 1827. As a type of solar phenomenon, from 1862.
- The quality or condition of being prominent.
- A small projection or protuberance.
- An eruption of tonguelike clouds of glowing ionized gas extending from the Sun's chromosphere and sometimes reaching hundreds of thousands of kilometers into space. When viewed against the solar surface instead of along the edges of its disk, prominences appear as dark, sinuous lines known as filaments. Usually associated with sunspot activity, solar prominences can influence Earth's atmosphere by interfering with electromagnetic activity.♦ Active prominences erupt suddenly and usually disappear within minutes or hours. Quiescent prominences form more smoothly and can last for several months. See also solar flare.