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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Other Words from emanation

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

Examples of emanation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The building’s pores exude sweaty emanations of New York’s downtown art and poetry scene. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "‘The piece hasn’t suffered enough’," 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, "Hackers Can Turn Everyday Speakers Into Acoustic Cyberweapons," 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, "Trump, playing with fire on racial issues, already getting burned," 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, "The Metamorphosis," 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, "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

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First Known Use of emanation

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Emanation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emanation. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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