What does anomaly mean?

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əˈnɒm ə lianom·a·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anomaly, anomalousnessnoun

    deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule

  2. anomaly, unusual personnoun

    a person who is unusual

  3. anomalynoun

    (astronomy) position of a planet as defined by its angular distance from its perihelion (as observed from the sun)


  1. anomalynoun

    A deviation from a rule or from what is regarded as normal.

  2. anomalynoun

    Something or someone that is strange or unusual.

    He is an anomaly among his friends.

  3. anomalynoun

    Any event or measurement that is out of the ordinary regardless of whether it is exceptional or not.

  4. anomalynoun

    Any of various angular distances.

  5. anomalynoun

    A defect or malformation.

  6. anomalynoun

    A failure of a classical symmetry due to quantum corrections.

  7. anomalynoun

    An irregularity or disproportion.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ANOMALYnoun

    Irregularity; deviation from the common rule.

    Etymology: anomalie, Fr. anomalia, Lat. ἀνώμαλος.

    If we should chance to find a mother debauching her daughter, as such monsters have been seen, we must charge this upon a peculiar anomaly and baseness of nature. South.

    I do not pursue the many pseudographies in use, but intend to shew how most of these anomalies in writing might be avoided, and better supplied. William Holder, Elements of Speech.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anomalynoun

    deviation from the common rule; an irregularity; anything anomalous

  2. Anomalynoun

    the angular distance of a planet from its perihelion, as seen from the sun. This is the true anomaly. The eccentric anomaly is a corresponding angle at the center of the elliptic orbit of the planet. The mean anomaly is what the anomaly would be if the planet's angular motion were uniform

  3. Anomalynoun

    the angle measuring apparent irregularities in the motion of a planet

  4. Anomalynoun

    any deviation from the essential characteristics of a specific type

  5. Etymology: [L. anomalia, Gr. . See Anomalous.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anomaly

    an-om′al-i, n. irregularity: deviation from rule: (astron.) the angle measured at the sun between a planet in any point of its orbit and the last perihelion.—adjs. Anomalist′ic, -al, anomalous: departing from established rules: irregular.—n. Anom′alite, an irregular mineral.—adj. Anom′alous, irregular: deviating from rule.—Anomalistic year, the interval that elapses between two successive passages of the earth through its perihelion, or point of nearest approach to the sun = 365 days 6 hr. 13 min. 49 sec., being 4 min. 39 sec. longer than the sidereal year. [Gr. anōmalosa, an, neg., and homalos, even—homos, same.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. anomaly

    Deviation from common rule. An irregularity in the motion of a planet by which it deviates from the aphelion or apogee.--Mean anomaly formerly signified the distance of a planet's mean place from the apogee: it is the angular distance of a planet or comet from perihelion supposing it to have moved with its mean velocity.--True anomaly, the true angular distance of a planet or comet from perihelion. (See EXCENTRIC and EQUATED.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anomaly in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anomaly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of anomaly in a Sentence

  1. Red Cross spokeswoman Krislyn Yano:

    It’s an anomaly, everything is so uncertain.

  2. Steven Davis:

    The satellite remains in a stable intermediate orbit since experiencing the anomaly.

  3. Tim Nichols:

    He was always kind of an anomaly because he was 6-2 and change and probably 170 pounds, most of the guys he was competing with were 5-8, 120 pounds. He looked like a giant when he was on the track with a lot of guys he was running against.

  4. Victoria Arlen:

    It’s really rare to get both of them and they still don’t know what caused it, i’m kind of an anomaly.

  5. Conrad Plyler:

    I don't think of Conrad Plyler as an anomaly, I think that younger Republican voters are more progressive... and it has now become a generational thing inside the party, so, if Republicans are scared of these kinds of voters, then they are scared of Republicans. That's the shame of it.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. indiscernible
    • B. occlusive
    • C. extroversive
    • D. defiant

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