Definition of anomaly in English:

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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
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, aberration, quirk, rarity
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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Syllabification: a·nom·a·ly

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