phe·​nom·​e·​nal | \fi-ˈnä-mə-nᵊl \

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

c : extraordinary, remarkable

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phenomenally \fi-​ˈnä-​mə-​nᵊl-​ē \ 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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But between eyebrow-bleaching jokes and dance breaks, there were some phenomenal product recommendations and application tips. Marci Robin, Allure, "Exclusive: These Are the Exact Makeup Products Tiffany Haddish Wore to the 2018 Emmy Awards," 18 Sep. 2018 But being in the district musical each summer has allowed me to meet students from all of the other high schools in the district, which has been just phenomenal. Karen Ann Cullotta,, "Shout Out: Megan McLaughlin, a 2018 Prospect High School grad who helped a nonprofit during her birthday," 12 July 2018 But seeing the reaction of folks is pretty phenomenal. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Angela Bassett on grossest '9-1-1' emergencies, favorite 'Black Panther' memes," 20 Mar. 2018 Stop right there, because the fashion is absolutely phenomenal. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Good Girls Revolt Star Genevieve Angelson on '70s Costumes and Feminist Insurrection," 27 Oct. 2016 Research shows that investing in children delivers a phenomenal return through strong outcomes in education, health, social behaviors and workforce readiness for the high-paying jobs of tomorrow. sacbee, "Tax haircuts and concerts – or the rich? Californians consider the options," 9 July 2018 The work ethic at practice and in the weight room has been phenomenal. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Former Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner rejuvenated in new stop at Mt. Vernon," 3 July 2018 Also on the Delta Blue Stage, Fleet Foxes sounded phenomenal, and again, the rain never bothered us, anyway. Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "The Killers, St. Vincent, Portugal. The Man & More Bring Early Summer Heat to Boston Calling Festival," 28 May 2018 With cameos in The Simpsons and Star Trek, as well as the 2014 biopic of his life The Theory of Everything starring Eddie Redmayne, his influence was phenomenal, even in his later years. Time, "What Happened When TIME Met Stephen Hawking 30 Years Ago," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of phenomenal

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phenomenal

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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 \

Kids Definition of phenomenal

: very remarkable : extraordinary He has a phenomenal memory.

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to make faulty or ineffective

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