Definitions for: Phenomenon


[n] any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
[n] a remarkable development



Webster (1913) Definition: Phe*nom"e*non, n.; pl. Phenomena. [L.
phaenomenon, Gr. faino`menon, fr. fai`nesqai to appear,
fai`nein to show. See Phantom.]
1. An appearance; anything visible; whatever, in matter or
spirit, is apparent to, or is apprehended by, observation;
as, the phenomena of heat, light, or electricity;
phenomena of imagination or memory.

In the phenomena of the material world, and in many
of the phenomena of mind. --Stewart.

2. That which strikes one as strange, unusual, or
unaccountable; an extraordinary or very remarkable person,
thing, or occurrence; as, a musical phenomenon.

See Also: chance, consequence, development, effect, event, fortune, hazard, issue, levitation, luck, metempsychosis, natural phenomenon, outcome, process, pulsation, rebirth, result, upshot

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