phenomenon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n phenomenon any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
    • n phenomenon a remarkable development
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Phenomenon 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."
    • Phenomenon That which strikes one as strange, unusual, or unaccountable; an extraordinary or very remarkable person, thing, or occurrence; as, a musical phenomenon .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n phenomenon An obsolete form of phenomenon.
    • n phenomenon In philosophy, an appearance or immediate object of experience, as distinguished from a thing in itself.
    • n phenomenon In science, a fact directly observed, being either
    • n phenomenon an individual circumstance or occurrence, such as the emergence of a temporary star, or more usually
    • n phenomenon a regular kind of fact observed on certain kinds of occasion, such as the electrical sparks seen in combing the hair of some persons in cold, dry weather.
    • n phenomenon Ay extraordinary occurrence or fact in nature; something strange and uncommon; a prodigy; a very remarkable personage or performer.
    • n phenomenon Any physiological or pathological change apparent to the senses.
    • n phenomenon Diminution of the Achilles tendon reflex in sciatica.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Phenomenon fē-nom′e-non an appearance: the appearance which anything makes to our consciousness, as distinguished from what it is in itself: an observed result: a remarkable or unusual person, thing, or appearance
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Quotations

  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.”
  • John Travolta
    John Travolta
    “It's hard to make a cultural phenomenon every time.”
  • Zen Saying
    Zen Saying
    “Learning Zen is a phenomenon of gold and dung. Before you understand it, it's like gold; after you understand it, it's like dung.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. phaenomenon, Gr. faino`menon, fr. fai`nesqai to appear, fai`nein to show. See Phantom
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. phainomenonphainein, to show.

Usage

In literature:

We may be quite sure that its comparatively high birth-rate is merely a temporary phenomenon.
"The Task of Social Hygiene" by Havelock Ellis
The psychological origins of this phenomenon have already been noted.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
M. Arago expresses astonishment at this phenomenon of recurrence so familiar to us.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
If each of us must be padlocked, proof of any phenomenon is impossible.
"The Shadow World" by Hamlin Garland
Her first appearance, to me, was a phenomenon.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Shandon spoke to the doctor about this phenomenon.
"The English at the North Pole" by Jules Verne
Blake, in America in 1869, observed the same phenomenon 8 minutes before totality.
"The Story of Eclipses" by George Chambers
Just what do you think of this phenomenon?
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
They have also been carried to the new states by immigrants, and their perpetuation there is an often-noticed phenomenon.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Those who have visited the slate quarries of Cumberland and North Wales will have witnessed the phenomenon to which I refer.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
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In poetry:

Cancer’s an incurable illness
Death’s an irreversible phenomenon
In ridiculous clothing in striped pajamas
I water the geraniums
"Song Of The Cancer Patient Watering Geraniums " by Andrzej Bursa

In news:

"The trend to 2.0- liter engines is a phenomenon," Murphy said.
Brothers Albie and Chris Manzo know well where they got their fame, the phenomenon that is reality TV.
I find the phenomenon totally baffling.
What began as a stupid idea that was celebrated by a select group of friends has become an international phenomenon that seems to continue gaining momentum.
And as an example of the national phenomenon, the Montana militias deserve a close look.
The latest phenomenon to sweep the Internet is the "Art Thoughtz" videos of a young Philadelphia man who goes by the name Hennessy Youngman.
Photo by Stuart Nafey Trumpet phenomenon John Worley salutes Miles Davis Saturday in Pacifica.
If the phenomenon of rock-star fiction can be said to have had a golden age, it was a short-lived one.
Dmitry Gudkov There is a phenomenon happening, nationwide.
THR attended the milestone event where 20th Century Fox Television chairman Dana Walden hailed the series as "truly a phenomenon.".
Ann Coulter's popularity on the right is a phenomenon that has baffled me for a long time.
What are the causes of this phenomenon and what can be done about it.
Let's examine this phenomenon for a moment.
Pfizer quietly joined the tweeting masses last week, launching a corporate presence on social media phenomenon Twitter (pfizer_news).
I truly believe that if you spelled it out so people could really understand the McCain phenomenon, few would thank you.
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In science:

This phenomenon is known as spontaneous magnetization.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
This phenomenon is known as the restoration of chiral symmetry.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
One can understand this phenomenon qualitatively by estimating the number fluctuations of the electron levels using RMT results.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
In accordance with our model, this phenomenon represents the vortex filaments in He II, discussed above.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
Pairing is a well known phenomenon in many-body fermion systems.
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
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