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outlier Syllabification: out·li·er
Pronunciation: /ˈoutˌlīər/

Definition of outlier in English:


1A person or thing situated away or detached from the main body or system: less accessible islands and outliers
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  • It is perhaps 200 feet high, something of a pimple outlier of the main range but it contained an abandoned, flooded quarry which was, when required, redolent of the Lake District books.
  • The Reivers, however, is an outlier in Faulkner's body of work.
  • There are indeed many places where you can still hear Welsh spoken daily, particularly in rural west, central and northern Wales, one of its heartlands being the western outliers of Snowdon down to Bangor and on to Anglesey.
1.1A person or thing differing from all other members of a particular group or set: an outlier in Faulkner’s body of work then there are the corporate outliers, people who just don’t fit into the culture of the company
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  • Only Georgia has a median income above $45,000, making it the outlier in the south, along with Texas.
  • In groups it's often the non-expert, the outlier, or the person who isn't in charge who has the most interesting idea.
  • The outliers get the headlines, the seeming majority, who are doing the job to which they were elected, do not make the news.
1.2 Geology A younger rock formation isolated among older rocks.
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  • Fault movements by which blocks of terrain move up or down relative to each other, as when horsts or grabens are formed, can also produce inliers and outliers.
  • Lily Fen is also unusual among southern outliers in that its surficial features are well developed.
  • The Great Glen and the Helmsdale faults, along which the Jurassic outliers of Eathie and Helmsdale, respectively, are found, show a complex history of movements.
1.3 Statistics A data point on a graph or in a set of results that is very much bigger or smaller than the next nearest data point.
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  • In such a system, attention is focused generally on the outliers who have poor results, with (in most cases) neither integrated analysis of the root cause nor any attempt to determine the processes of care that result in worse outcomes.
  • Results of tests of outliers and assumptions of normality, homogeneity of variance-covariance matrices, linearity, and multicollinearity were satisfactory.
  • Interestingly, while this method is supposed to be relatively insensitive to outliers, the results do change significantly if the data point from 1992 is removed from the series.

Words that rhyme with outlier

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