Phenomenon



[fi-nom-uh-non, -nuh n] /fɪˈnɒm əˌnɒn, -nən/

noun, plural phenomena
[fi-nom-uh-nuh] /fɪˈnɒm ə nə/ (Show IPA), or especially for 3, phenomenons.
1.
a fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable:
to study the phenomena of nature.
2.
something that is impressive or extraordinary.
3.
a remarkable or exceptional person; prodigy; wonder.
4.
Philosophy.

/fɪˈnɒmɪnən/
noun (pl) -ena (-ɪnə), -enons
1.
anything that can be perceived as an occurrence or fact by the senses
2.
any remarkable occurrence or person
3.
(philosophy)

n.

1570s, “fact, occurrence,” from Late Latin phænomenon, from Greek phainomenon “that which appears or is seen,” noun use of neuter present participle of phainesthai “to appear,” passive of phainein (see phantasm). Meaning “extraordinary occurrence” first recorded 1771. Plural is phenomena.

phenomenon phe·nom·e·non (fĭ-nŏm’ə-nŏn’, -nən)
n. pl. phe·nom·e·na (-nə)

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