phe·​nom·​e·​nal | \ fi-ˈnä-mə-nᵊl How to pronounce phenomenal (audio) \

Definition of phenomenal

: relating to or being a phenomenon: such as
a : known through the senses rather than through thought or intuition
b : concerned with phenomena rather than with hypotheses

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phenomenally \ fi-​ˈnä-​mə-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce phenomenally (audio) \ adverb

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material, physical, corporeal, phenomenal, sensible, objective mean of or belonging to actuality. material implies formation out of tangible matter; used in contrast with spiritual or ideal it may connote the mundane, crass, or grasping. material values physical applies to what is perceived directly by the senses and may contrast with mental, spiritual, or imaginary. the physical benefits of exercise corporeal implies having the tangible qualities of a body such as shape, size, or resistance to force. artists have portrayed angels as corporeal beings phenomenal applies to what is known or perceived through the senses rather than by intuition or rational deduction. scientists concerned with the phenomenal world sensible stresses the capability of readily or forcibly impressing the senses. the earth's rotation is not sensible to us objective may stress material or independent existence apart from a subject perceiving it. no objective evidence of damage

Examples of phenomenal in a Sentence

The catch soared year after year, reaching a peak of 1.6 billion pounds in 1956. But not even the fish's phenomenal fecundity could sustain them under this industrial onslaught. — Bruce Franklin, Mother Jones, March & April 2006 The region's two main communities are Camden, with its very old money and … five-star restaurants and phenomenal B&Bs, and Rockland, a serious old fishing town that hosts the Festival every summer in historic Harbor Park, right along the water. — David Foster Wallace, Gourmet, August 2004 Physical prowess aside, the concentration required on the beam is phenomenal. — Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated, 18 Oct. 2000 Given his phenomenal poll numbers in a race he has not yet officially entered … — Julia Reed, Vogue, February 1999 the phenomenal growth that the suburb has experienced over the last decade the phenomenal ability to remember the names of thousands of people
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Julie Berry’s phenomenal novel opens in a stylish Manhattan hotel room in 1942, with a cuckolded man confronting his wife and her lover. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Love and War as the Meddling Gods Look On," 1 Mar. 2019 Driven by a phenomenal sense of creativity, Karl was passionate, powerful and intensely curious. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The House of Chanel Reacts to Karl Lagerfeld's Death," 19 Feb. 2019 All of my guys did a phenomenal job of making adjustments throughout the entire race. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Contact sport: Kyle Busch survives bumping battle with Kyle Larson to end Chicagoland drought," 1 July 2018 The Portugal captain tied the match with a phenomenal free-kick strike, completing the hat trick. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Former World Cup referee debunks viral video of Cristiano Ronaldo's goal celebration," 19 June 2018 Several phenomenal executions come together in this film, including the ensemble cast, the just-on-this-side of believable production design, and an absolutely killer classic rock soundtrack. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 The brand has all the ingredients to make a phenomenal second season (including Meryl Streep). Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "'Big Little Lies' Season 2: Everything We Know So Far," 3 Jan. 2019 Paul, who forced his way out of Los Angeles last summer after six seasons with the Clippers, is coming off a disappointing finish to a phenomenal season. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Chris Paul, Houston Rockets agree on four-year, $160 million contract," 1 July 2018 Sam Feldman capped a phenomenal first season with a smooth, 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. Trevor Hass,, "Brookline, Weston capture tennis championships," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of phenomenal

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phenomenal

see phenomenon

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English Language Learners Definition of phenomenal

: very good or great : unusual in a way that is very impressive


phe·​nom·​e·​nal | \ fi-ˈnä-mə-nᵊl How to pronounce phenomenal (audio) \

Kids Definition of phenomenal

: very remarkable : extraordinary He has a phenomenal memory.

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