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phenomenon (physical process)

Definition:

any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

Class:

noun (persons, places, or things)

Derivative:

phenomenal

Plurals:

phenomena | phenomenons

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"fact, occurrence", from Late Latin phænomenon, from Greek phainomenon "that...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Phenomenon | phenomena

any observable occurrence. Phenomena are often, but not always, understood as 'appearances' or 'experiences'. These are themselves sometimes understood as involving qualia. The term came into its modern philosophical usage through Immanuel Kant, who ... (34 of 869 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Phenomenon

Collins Dictionary:

phenomenon | phenomena [plural] | phenomenons [plural] | phaenomenon

anything that can be perceived as an occurrence or fact by the senses | any remarkable occurrence or person | [philosophy] the object of perception, ... (23 of 505 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/phenomenon

Merriam-Webster:

phenomenon | phenomena [sense-specific, plural] | phenomenons [sense-specific, plural] | phenomenas [non-standard, plural] | caution [synonym, sense-specific] | flash [synonym, sense-specific] | marvel [synonym, sense-specific] | miracle [synonym, sense-specific] | wonder [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

(plural "phenomena"); an observable fact or event | (plural "phenomena") ; an object or aspect known through the senses rather than by thought or ... (23 of 413 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/phenomenon

Wiktionary:

phenomenon | phenomena [plural] | antiferromagnetism [physics] | phænomena [plural, archaic] | phœnomena [plural, archaic, erroneous] | phaenomenon [sense-specific] | phænomenon [archaic, sense-specific] | phainomenon [archaic, academic, technical, sense-specific] | phœnomenon [hypercorrect, obsolete, sense-specific] | ...

An observable fact or occurrence or a kind of observable fact or occurrence. | Appearance; a perceptible aspect of something that is mutable. | A fact or event considered very unusual, curious, or astonishing by those who witness it. | A wonderful or... (40 of 357 words, 5 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/phenomenon

Britannica Encyclopedia:

phenomenon [philosophy]

in philosophy, any object, fact, or occurrence perceived or observed. In general, phenomena are the objects of the senses as contrasted with what is ... (24 of 218 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/455614​/phenomenon

Oxford Dictionary:

phenomenon | phenomena [plural]

a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question | [philosophy] : the object of a ... (26 of 137 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/phenomenon

American Heritage Dictionary:

phenomenon | phenomena [plural] | phenomenons [plural, sense-specific]

An occurrence, circumstance, or fact that is perceptible by the senses. | An unusual, significant, or unaccountable fact or occurrence; a marvel. | A ... (22 of 129 words, 5 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/phenomenon

Columbia Encyclopedia:

phenomenon

an observable fact or event; in philosophy the definitions and uses of the term have varied. In the philosophy of Aristotle phenomena were the objects ... (25 of 101 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0838726​.html

New World Dictionary:

phenomenon | phenomena

any event, circumstance, or experience that is apparent to the senses and that can be scientifically described or appraised, as an eclipse | in ... (23 of 89 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/phenomenon

Random House Dictionary:

phenomenon | phenomenona or [plural] | esp [sense-specific, plural] | phenomenonons [sense-specific, plural] | phenomena [plural]

a fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable. | something that is impressive or extraordinary. | a remarkable or exceptional person; ... (19 of 76 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/phenomenon

Macmillan British Dictionary:

phenomenon [countable] | phenomena [plural]

an event or situation that can be seen to happen or exist | someone or something that is very impressive or surprising (21 of 68 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/phenomenon

Cambridge Dictionary:

phenomenon [entry 1] | phenomena [plural]

something that exists and can be seen, felt, tasted, etc., especially something which is unusual or interesting (17 of 53 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/phenomenon 1

phenomenon [entry 2] | phenomena [plural]

someone or something extremely successful, often because of special qualities or abilities (12 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/phenomenon 2

Encarta Dictionary:

phenomenon | phenomena [plural] | phenomenons [plural]

a fact or occurrence that can be observed | something that is out of the ordinary and excites people's interest and curiosity | somebody or something ... (24 of 243 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861725535​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

phenomenon

First use: 1570s

Origin: "fact, occurrence", from Late Latin phænomenon, from Greek phainomenon "that which appears or is seen", noun use of neuter present ... (21 of 38 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=phenomenon

Merriam-Webster:

phenomenon | phenomena [sense-specific, plural] | phenomenons [sense-specific, plural]

First use: 1605

Origin: Late Latin phaenomenon, from Greek phainomenon, from neuter of phainomenos, present participle of phainesthai to appear, ... (17 of 23 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/phenomenon

Wiktionary:

phenomenon | phenomena [plural]

Origin: Late Latin phaenomenon ("appearance"), from Ancient Greek φαινόμενον (phainomenon, "thing appearing to view"), neuter present passive participle of φαίνω (phainō, "I show").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/phenomenon

American Heritage Dictionary:

phenomenon | phenomena [plural]

Origin: Late Latin phaenomenon, from Greek phainomenon, from neuter present participle of phainesthai, to appear; see bhā- [entry 1] in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/phenomenon

New World Dictionary:

phenomenon

Origin: Late Latin phaenomenon from Greek phainomenon, neuter present participle of phainesthai, to appear, akin to phainein: see "fantasy"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/phenomenon

Oxford Dictionary:

phenomenon | phenomena [plural]

First use: late 16th century

Origin: late Latin from Greek phainomenon "thing appearing to view", based on phainein "to show"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/phenomenon

Collins Dictionary:

phenomenon | phenomena [plural] | phenomenons [plural]

First use: 16th century

Origin: via Late Latin from Greek phainomenon, from phainesthai to appear, from phainein to show

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/phenomenon

Encarta Dictionary:

phenomenon | phenomena [plural] | phenomenons [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: late Latin from Greek phainomenon "that which appears" from phainein "to show"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861725535​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

phenomenon | phenomena [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "phenomenon"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/phenomenon

Collins Dictionary:

phenomenon | phenomena [plural] | phenomenons [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "phenomenon"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/phenomenon

Macmillan British Dictionary:

phenomenon [countable] | phenomena [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "phenomenon"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/phenomenon

Macmillan American Dictionary:

phenomenon [countable] | phenomena [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "phenomenon"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/phenomenon

Cambridge Dictionary:

phenomenon [entry 1] | phenomena [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "phenomenon"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "phenomenon"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/phenomenon 1

the Free Dictionary:

phenomenon

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "phenomenon"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "phenomenon"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "phenomenon" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/phenomenon

Google Dictionary:

phenomenon | phenomena [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "phenomenon"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

phenomenon

Audio: North American pronunciation of "phenomenon"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=phenom​14 word=phenomenon

YourDictionary Audio:

phenomenon

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "phenomenon" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/phenomenon

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