phenomena[fə näm′ə nə]
- Phenomena are events or people that are observed that are unusual or unexplainable.
The building of the pyramids in ancient times is an example of the many unexplained phenomena of Egypt.
Plural of phenomenon.
- Plural form of phenomenon.
- In correct English, the term phenomena is always plural, with no exceptions. It is widely used incorrectly as a singular noun.
Variant of phenomenon
nounpl. phenomena , phenomenons
- any event, circumstance, or experience that is apparent to the senses and that can be scientifically described or appraised, as an eclipse
- in Kantian philosophy, a thing as it appears in perception as distinguished from the thing as it is in itself independent of sense experience
- any extremely unusual or extraordinary thing or occurrence
- Informal a person with an extraordinary quality, aptitude, etc.; prodigy
Origin of phenomenonLate Latin phaenomenon ; from Classical Greek phainomenon, neuter present participle of phainesthai, to appear, akin to phainein: see fantasy