AskDefine | Define phenomena

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1 any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
2 a remarkable development [also: phenomena (pl)]phenomena See phenomenon

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phenomena p
  1. Plural of phenomenon#English|phenomenon

Extensive Definition

A phenomenon (from Greek φαινόμενoν, pl. φαινόμενα - phenomena) is any occurrence that is observable. In popular usage, a phenomenon often refers to an extraordinary event.

Use in physics

In physics phenomena are the subject of observation. A phenomenon may be a feature of matter, energy, or spacetime. For example, Isaac Newton made observations of the phenomenon of the moon's orbit. Additionally, Galileo Galilei made observations of pendulum related phenomena.

Use in gemmology

In gemmology a phenomenon is an unusual optical effect displayed by a gem. Play-of-color, labradorescence, iridescence, adularescence, chatoyancy, asterism, aventurescence and color change are all phenomena.

Use in philosophy

In philosophy, the use of the word phenomenon differs from other uses in that it refers to perceived events. Phenomena may be perceived through a person's senses or with their mind.


phenomena in Czech: Fenomén
phenomena in Danish: Fænomen
phenomena in German: Phänomen
phenomena in Spanish: Fenómeno
phenomena in Esperanto: Fenomeno
phenomena in French: Phénomène
phenomena in Croatian: Pojava
phenomena in Ido: Fenomeno
phenomena in Indonesian: Fenomena
phenomena in Italian: Fenomeno
phenomena in Dutch: Fenomeen
phenomena in Japanese: 現象
phenomena in Norwegian: Fenomen
phenomena in Norwegian Nynorsk: Ovring
phenomena in Polish: Zjawisko
phenomena in Portuguese: Fenómeno
phenomena in Romanian: Fenomen
phenomena in Russian: Феномен
phenomena in Albanian: Dukuria
phenomena in Simple English: Phenomenon
phenomena in Slovenian: Pojav
phenomena in Finnish: Ilmiö
phenomena in Swedish: Fenomen
phenomena in Tamil: தோற்றப்பாடு
phenomena in Turkish: Fenomen
phenomena in Chinese: 現象
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