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

Other Words from emanation

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

Examples of emanation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the green ooze emanation prompted another round of cleanup, the EPA spending more than $3.1 million before returning the site to state regulatory authority early last year. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 22 Apr. 2022 To hear the music as an emanation from above amplified its meaning in an uncanny way: the voice in the firmament was broken, lamenting. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2022 And Wixey notes that existing research on detrimental human exposure to acoustic emanations has found potential effects that are both physiological and psychological. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, 11 Aug. 2019 The building’s pores exude sweaty emanations of New York’s downtown art and poetry scene. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 6 June 2019 Last year, a group of researchers reported findings at the Crypto 2018 conference in Santa Barbara, California that ultrasonic emanations from the internal components of computer monitors could reveal the information being depicted on the screen. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, 11 Aug. 2019 But despite strenuous efforts by McCarthy and other Republicans to pretend the chant was some sort of spontaneous emanation from the crowd, Trump’s followers had only been echoing his own words. Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2019 In the medieval period, people interpreted the universe as a creation of the divine and all its manifestations as emanations of divine will. The Atlantic, 11 July 2019 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, 24 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of emanation

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Emanation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emanation. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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