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phenomenon (s) (noun), phenomena (pl)
1. An appearance of anything visible; something that is perceived to exist or to happen: There is the phenomenon of heat, light, or electricity and the phenomenon of imagination or memory.
2. Things that exist and can be detected by the senses; especially, things which are unusual or interesting: Donald believes in the paranormal and psychic phenomena that he has experienced.
3. Any states or processes known through the sensory faculties of the body rather than by intuition or reasoning: Lightning is an electrical phenomenon which many people have experienced.
4. In medicine: symptoms or occurrences of any sort, whether ordinary or extraordinary, in relation to a disease: Fever and inflammation are phenomena of physical ailments.
5. An unusual or extraordinary person, fact, or occurrence: A genius is sometimes called a phenomenon.
6. Etymology: from Greek phainomenon and Latin phaenomenom, "something which is seen or appears."
A remarkable person or thing.
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phenomenon (fi NAHM uh nahn", fi NAHM uh nuhn) (noun)
1. A rare fact, circumstance, experience, or event: It is considered a phenomenon when the home football team wins a game even with their poor record.
2. Any extremely unusual or extraordinary thing or occurrence that is known through the senses rather than known through thought or study: The neighbor was shocked with the phenomenon of a fire suddenly starting from an electrical explosion caused by her refrigeratorin her kitchen.
3. A fact of scientific interest that can be scientifically described, appraised, or explained: Gerald's chemistry instructor demonstrated the phenomenon of mixing chemicals to produce dyes for industrial purposes.
phenomena (fi NAHM uh nuh) (noun)
The plural form or "phenomenon"; occasionally used as the singular form, but such usage is considered incorrect: When Helena's essay was returned, her teacher had noted that she had correctly used the word "phenomena" when discussing the many sightings of a rare bird on the river.
phenomenal (fi NAHM uh nuhl) (adjective)
1. Extraordinary: Marla made phenomenal progress with her singing lessons because she practiced every day.
2. Very good or great; extremely unusual in a way that is very impressive: The book was a phenomenal success for several months.

Ed's phenomenal understanding of the single rare scientific phenomenon of ice crystals was amazing; however, he lost points in his essay by referring to it as a single rare scientific phenomena.

(Greek: upraised, high up; in the air; anything raised from the ground, high, lofty; hovering in the air; hence, "heavenly body, atmospheric phenomenon")
Word Entries containing the term: “phenomenon
clasp-knife rigidity, clasp-knife effect, clasp-knife spasticity, clasp-knife phenomenon
1. A condition in which passive flexion of a joint causes increased resistance of the extensors.

This gives way abruptly if the pressure to produce flexion is continued.

2. An initial marked resistance to passive movement, which then suddenly gives way.

This variety of increased muscle tone is characteristic of spasticity as a result of disease or dysfunction of the pyramidal tracts.

This entry is located in the following unit: rigi-, rig- (page 1)
psi phenomenon
1. A phenomenon that includes both psychokinesis and extrasensory perception.

The extrasensory mental processes involved in the alleged ability to send or to receive telepathic messages.

2. In parapsychology, this term refers to whatever it is that enables a person to perceive extrasensorially.

This word was added so you will know that there is no known connection with this psi and the Greek psi (Ψ, ψ). This psi is said to be a shortening and alteration of parapsychological or a shortening of psychic or parapsychic.

This entry is located in the following units: para-, par- (page 14) psi; Ψ, ψ + (page 1)
Word Entries at Get Words: “phenomenon
phenomena (pl), phenomenon (s)
1. Occurrences, circumstances, or facts that are perceptible by the senses.
2. Unusual, significant, or unaccountable facts or occurrences; marvels.
This entry is located in the following unit: Alchemy, an ancient science (page 2)
Something perceived or experienced; especially, an object as it is apprehended by the human senses.

". . . it was later realized that the phenomenon of changing air pressure had accounted for the variations in temperature readings in the open thermoscopes."

This entry is located in the following unit: Thermometer and Temperature Scales (page 1)
phenomenon (s) (noun), phenomena, phenomenons (pl)
1. A natural event or occurrence that is recognized or known through the senses, not by intuition: Snow is a phenomenon of winter.
2. A remarkable, talented, and unusual individual or event: Beethoven was considered to be a phenomenon among musicians.

The normal plural form of phenomenon is supposed to be phenomena; however, phenomenons is also usually acceptable when referring to people or things: Reckless speculators are phenomenons among today's investors.

Phenomena is the correct plural form for scientific content: The phenomena were observed by astronomers throughout the world.

Tomorrow's weather forecast calls for several atmospheric phenomena.

This entry is located in the following unit: English Words in Action, Group P (page 2)