AskDefine | Define phenomenal

Dictionary Definition

phenomenal adj
1 of or relating to a phenomenon; "phenomenal science"
2 exceedingly or unbelievably great; "the bomb did fantastic damage"; "Samson is supposed to have had fantastic strength"; "phenomenal feats of memory" [syn: fantastic]

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  1. Very remarkable; extraordinary; amazing.
  2. Perceptible by the senses through immediate experience.



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.


phenomenal in Czech: Fenomén
phenomenal in Danish: Fænomen
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phenomenal in Croatian: Pojava
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phenomenal in Norwegian Nynorsk: Ovring
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phenomenal in Russian: Феномен
phenomenal in Albanian: Dukuria
phenomenal in Simple English: Phenomenon
phenomenal in Slovenian: Pojav
phenomenal in Finnish: Ilmiö
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phenomenal in Tamil: தோற்றப்பாடு
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