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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That decision would eventually lead to the phenomenal 11-year run of The Carol Burnett Show, a seminal variety series that featured elaborate movie-parody sketches and hundreds of guest stars, including White and Reiner. Joe Mcgovern,, "How four comedy legends were cast in Toy Story 4," 28 June 2019 Photo: Francesco Lastrucci for The Wall Street Journal The hillside views—and the wine—were phenomenal. Tara Isabella Burton, WSJ, "Undiscovered Italy: The Strange and Splendid Carso Region," 20 June 2019 On the cutesier front, Nintendo’s Luigi’s Mansion 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening are both phenomenal. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "E3 2019: The Best of the Convention," 14 June 2019 DeRozan looks phenomenal in the regular season only to fall flat afterwards. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers' Pritchard knows some players are better fits for regular season over NBA playoffs," 11 May 2018 In recent years fantasy novels have become increasingly dark and gritty, as authors try to replicate the phenomenal success of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "The World Needs More Funny Fantasy," 7 Apr. 2018 Federer, 37, wasn’t phenomenal in the final months of last season, but has shown no signs of injury. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Australian Open Kicks Off a Season of Change," 13 Jan. 2019 Pelicans star Anthony Davis had a truly phenomenal game in New Orleans’s win over the Suns on Monday, finishing with 53 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks in 39 minutes of action. Dan Gartland,, "Anthony Davis Continues Monster Month with 53-Point Game, Fourth Most in a Game This Season," 26 Feb. 2018 In the second half, FC Dallas applied great pressure looking for the equalizer, but some phenomenal late game saves by goalkeeper Diego Kochen secured the shutout. Emmett Hall,, "Weston youth soccer team excels in inaugural Prospects Cup showcase," 7 Jan. 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 How to pronounce phenomenal (audio) \

Kids Definition of phenomenal

: very remarkable : extraordinary He has a phenomenal memory.

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to form ideas or theories about something

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