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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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 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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