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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Recent Examples on the Web Along with the race win, Harvick also picked up the Stage 2 victory after executing a phenomenal maneuver, dipping into the infield grass and making a bold inside pass of both leader Austin Dillon and Denny Hamlin. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Kevin Harvick goes back-to-back at Brickyard after Denny Hamlin blows tire," 6 July 2020 Microsoft: There's some phenomenal deals to be found over at Microsoft right now, including savings on tablets, smartphones and more tech-y finds that are sure to make for worthy upgrades to those old PCs and such. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "These are all the best 4th of July sales you can shop right now," 29 June 2020 McGovern is bigger and similarly athletic, but possesses much less NFL and left guard experience than Williams, which sets the stage for a phenomenal training camp competition for the Cowboys at the left guard position. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 2 positions the Cowboys need to improve in 2020, including a potentially huge weakness on the O-line," 29 June 2020 While the four-year growth has been phenomenal, one future goal is to expand scholarships to more student-athletes for more money. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, "Minority Athletic Directors Association gives scholarships to local student-athletes," 26 June 2020 Coach Collier did a phenomenal job with the Jersey Village program. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: Get to know the new Jersey Village girls basketball head coach Patricia Lewandowski," 24 June 2020 This explosion in new-cartridge development was fueled by the phenomenal success of the 6.5 Creedmoor, which led ammomakers to focus on cartridges built around long, heavy-for-caliber, high-B.C. bullets delivering better long-range performance. Mike Dickerson, Outdoor Life, "8 of the Hottest New Hunting Cartridges for 2021 and Beyond," 18 June 2020 Love has a phenomenal relationship with Bickerstaff that goes back to their days in Minnesota. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers adding another guard, Kevin Love’s future and Tristan Thompson’s return: Answering offseason’s biggest questions," 17 June 2020 His short game and putting are still phenomenal, his iron play is still great. Steve Dimeglio, azcentral, "History against Phil Mickelson winning on PGA Tour after turning 50, but his peers aren't," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of phenomenal

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phenomenal

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“Phenomenal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce phenomenal (audio)

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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