The definition of a phenomenon is something that is observable or an extraordinary thing or person.noun
- An example of phenomenon is a lunar eclipse.
- An example of phenomenon is a classical musical great such as Beethoven.
- 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: LL phaenomenon < Gr phainomenon, neut. prp. of phainesthai, to appear, akin to phainein: see fantasy
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noun pl. phe·nom·e·na
- An occurrence, circumstance, or fact that is perceptible by the senses.
- pl. phe·nom·e·nons a. An unusual, significant, or unaccountable fact or occurrence; a marvel.b. A remarkable or outstanding person; a paragon. See Synonyms at wonder.
- Philosophy In the philosophy of Kant, an object as it is perceived by the senses, as opposed to a noumenon.
- Physics An observable event.
Origin: Late Latin phaenomenon, from Greek phainomenon, from neuter present participle of phainesthai, to appear; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots.Usage Note: Phenomenon is the only singular form of this noun; phenomena is the usual plural. Phenomenons may also be used as the plural in nonscientific writing when the meaning is “extraordinary things, occurrences, or persons”: They were phenomenons in the history of music.
phenomenon - Medical Definition
- pl. phe·nom·e·na An occurrence, circumstance, or fact that is perceptible by the senses, especially one in relation to a disease.
- pl. phe·nom·e·nons An unusual, significant, or unaccountable fact or occurrence; a marvel.