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phenomenon

phe·nom·e·non

phenomenon

 
pronunciation:
f na m nn [or] f na m nan
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part of speech: noun
inflections: phenomena, phenomenons
definition 1: a perceptible occurrence or fact.
We witnessed the phenomenon of the aurora borealis when we were visiting Alaska.Tornados and hurricanes are severe weather phenomena.
 
synonyms:
event, fact, happening, incident, occurrence
similar words:
circumstance, episode, experience, occasion, particular, perception
definition 2: an unusual or rare occurrence or fact, often one that cannot be explained; marvel.
The popularity of the British rock group the Beatles was a phenomenon in the 1960s.The growing of a 1500-pound pumpkin was a phenomenon.
synonyms:
marvel, wonder
similar words:
curiosity, eye-opener, miracle, nonesuch, prodigy, rarity, sensation, sight, spectacle, stunner
definition 3: an extraordinary person, esp. one of high achievement or talent.
The young Mozart was a phenomenon.
synonyms:
phenom, talent, whiz, wizard
similar words:
crackerjack, expert, genius, maestro, marvel, master, master hand, prodigy, shark, star, superstar, virtuoso, wonder
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