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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.
  1. an appearance or immediate object of awareness in experience.
  2. Kantianism. a thing as it appears to and is constructed by the mind, as distinguished from a noumenon, or thing-in-itself.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Late Latin phaenomenon < Greek phainómenon appearance, noun use of neuter of phainómenos, present participle of phaínesthai to appear, passive of phaínein to show
Can be confused
phenomena, phenomenal, phenomenon (see usage note at the current entry)
Synonyms
1. event, incident. 2, 3. marvel, miracle.
Usage note
As with other plurals of Latin or Greek origin, like media and criteria, there is a tendency to use the plural phenomena as a singular (This phenomena will not be seen again), but such use occurs infrequently in edited writing. The plural form phenomenas, though occasionally seen, has even less currency.
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  • Specific geometry may help understand phenomenons beyond our natural intuition.
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British Dictionary definitions for phenomenons

phenomenon

/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)
  1. the object of perception, experience, etc
  2. (in the writings of Kant) a thing as it appears and is interpreted in perception and reflection, as distinguished from its real nature as a thing-in-itself Compare noumenon
Usage note
Although phenomena is often treated as if it were singular, correct usage is to employ phenomenon with a singular construction and phenomena with a plural: that is an interesting phenomenon (not phenomena); several new phenomena were recorded in his notes
Word Origin
C16: via Late Latin from Greek phainomenon, from phainesthai to appear, from phainein to show
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Word Origin and History for phenomenons

phenomenon

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.

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phenomenons in Medicine

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

  1. An occurrence, a circumstance, or a fact that is perceptible by the senses, especially one in relation to a disease.

  2. pl. phenome·nons An unusual, significant, or unaccountable fact or occurrence; a marvel.

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