Definition of prominence in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɒmɪnəns/


[mass noun]
1The state of being important, famous, or noticeable: she came to prominence as an artist in the 1960s [in singular]: the commission gave the case a prominence which it might otherwise have escaped
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  • Eleanor came to prominence during the 1990s with some highly acclaimed recordings.
  • However, he never came to prominence for developing his own positions on current political questions.
  • The town came to prominence as the capital of the Seljuk Sultans in 1076 when the Seljuks took control of Anatolia, though the area's roots go back much further.
fame, celebrity, eminence, pre-eminence, importance, distinction, greatness, note, notability, prestige, stature, standing, position, rank, renown, repute, illustriousness, acclaim, influence, account, consequence, visibility
good coverage, close attention, importance, precedence, weight, a high profile, top billing, noticeability
2The fact or state of projecting from something: radiographs showed enlargement of the right heart with prominence of the pulmonary outflow tract
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  • As the PDA opens, the CXR shows a slight increase in heart size and prominence of central pulmonary vessels which can progress.
  • Heart size and pulmonart vascular prominence depend on the size of shunt.
  • The prominence of the primary rods is a function of the thinner shell wall and may be due to an ecological factor, as mentioned above.
2.1 [count noun] A thing that projects from something, such as a projecting feature of the landscape or a protuberance on a part of the body: the steep, rocky prominence resembled a snow-capped mountain
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  • The tensor palatini muscle joins this muscular sling as it sweeps around the hamulus, a bony prominence of the lateral palate.
  • The greater deformations possible with this technology enable the transfer of pressure to adjacent body areas and other bony prominences.
  • The side rails are lowered, and the safety strap is checked to ensure it is securely in place across the patient's thighs, avoiding bony prominences.
hillock, hill, hummock, mound, outcrop, spur, rise, tor, ridge, peak, pinnacle, elevation;
promontory, cliff, crag, headland, height;
French arête
protuberance, projection, swelling, bump, bulge, lump
technical process, bulla
2.2 [count noun] Astronomy A stream of incandescent gas projecting above the sun’s chromosphere.
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  • The clouds will just impede your direct view and the light of corona, chromosphere, and prominences may trickle through.
  • To the naked eye the prominences jutting above the solar surface often appear more noticeable than they are in a photograph.
  • Similarly, giant prominences can be seen for longer, jutting up above the solar surface.



Example sentences
  • Armus and Castra, in the heart and belly respectively, are stars with disagreeable natures, whose prominency indicates malevolence and destructiveness.


Late 16th century (denoting something that juts out): from obsolete French, from Latin prominentia 'jutting out', from the verb prominere (see prominent).

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