em·​a·​na·​tion | \ ˌe-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce emanation (audio) \

Definition of emanation

1a : the action of emanating
b : the origination of the world by a series of hierarchically descending radiations from the Godhead through intermediate stages to matter
2a : something that emanates or is produced by emanation : effluence
b : an isotope of radon produced by radioactive disintegration radium emanation

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emanative \ ˈe-​mə-​ˌnā-​tiv How to pronounce emanative (audio) \ adjective

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This felt like an emanation from the California of the nineteen-twenties, when spiritual seekers settled in towns like Ojai and tried to start anew. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Sonic Fury of the Ojai Music Festival," 24 June 2018 The right to privacy was formed out of such emanations. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?," 22 Sep. 2014 This is one of numerous subplots Melo weaves together in a script which leaves several loose ends carelessly dangling but does feel like an organic emanation of the particular place and culture depicted. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Azougue Nazare': Film Review | Rotterdam 2018," 29 Jan. 2018 Thus, the Third Reich was the emanation of a collective as well as an individual’s imagination. Nicholas O’shaughnessy, Slate Magazine, "How Hitler Conquered Germany," 14 Mar. 2017 Billowing burnouts and thunderous emanations are standard equipment on the Challenger SRT siblings. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2017 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 / SRT Hellcat," 19 Sep. 2017 As the two descended to the sidewalk, Thread emanations rose from half-a-dozen half-dazed dancers and their Volunteer captives like steam or transparent smoke or heat, invisible to the eye but easy enough to detect with the right senses. Nisi Shawl, Slate Magazine, "“Slippernet”," 22 Feb. 2017 Interspersed with radio emissions from stars, the astronomers were surprised to find the characteristic heat emanations from some six million solar masses of dust. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Our Universe’s Very Dusty Early, Early Beginnings," 8 Mar. 2017 Additional equipment and improvements will be incorporated as necessary (test-fix-retest methodology) to ensure systems are adequately shielded, bonded, and/or separated to eliminate any compromising emanations. Noah Shachtman, WIRED, "Coast Guard Denies Cutter Allegations," 20 Oct. 2008

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First Known Use of emanation

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of emanation was in 1570

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em·​a·​na·​tion | \ ˌem-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce emanation (audio) \

Medical Definition of emanation

1 : the action of emanating
2a : something that emanates or is produced by emanation
b : a heavy gaseous element produced by radioactive disintegration radium emanation

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