Definition of anomaly in English:


Syllabification: a·nom·a·ly
Pronunciation: /əˈnäməlē

noun (plural anomalies)

  • 1Something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected: there are a number of anomalies in the present system a legal anomaly [with clause]: the apparent anomaly that those who produced the wealth were the poorest the position abounds in anomaly
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    • 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, aberration, quirk, rarity
  • 2 Astronomy The angular distance of a planet or satellite from its last perihelion or perigee.
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    • 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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