Definition of anomaly in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈnɒm(ə)li/

noun (plural anomalies)

1Something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected: there are a number of anomalies in the present system [with clause]: the apparent anomaly that those who produced the wealth were the poorest [mass noun]: the position abounds in anomaly
More example sentences
  • Or is this just an anomaly that all of Africa and all of the world should regret, do you think?
  • The final piece of the jigsaw fell into place at Villa Park and it's a curious anomaly that whenever he has found the net we have always won.
  • In that incident, an anomaly that has existed in the Service for decades has come to the fore.
oddity, peculiarity, abnormality, irregularity, inconsistency, incongruity, deviation, aberration, quirk, freak, exception, departure, divergence, variation;
rarity, eccentricity
2 Astronomy The angular distance of a planet or satellite from its last perihelion or perigee.
Example sentences
  • Such processing efforts have led to determinations of satellite magnetic anomalies of the Earth.
  • For his lunar theory [Hipparchus] needed to establish the mean motions of the Moon in longitude, anomaly and latitude.
  • It has been used in gauge theory, instantons, monopoles, string theory and the theory of anomalies.


Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek anōmalia, from anōmalos (see anomalous).

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