Definition of Anomaly

1. Noun. Deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule.

2. Noun. A person who is unusual.

3. Noun. (astronomy) position of a planet as defined by its angular distance from its perihelion (as observed from the sun).
Category relationships: Astronomy, Uranology
Generic synonyms: Place, Position

Definition of Anomaly

1. n. Deviation from the common rule; an irregularity; anything anomalous.

Definition of Anomaly

1. Noun. A deviation from a rule or from what is regarded as normal. ¹

2. Noun. Something or someone that is strange or unusual. ¹

3. Noun. (science) Any event or measurement that is out of the ordinary regardless of whether it is exceptional or not. ¹

4. Noun. (astronomy) Any of various angular distances. ¹

5. Noun. (biology) A defect or malformation. ¹

6. Noun. (quantum physics) A failure of a classical symmetry due to quantum corrections. ¹

7. Noun. (dated) An irregularity or disproportion. ¹

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Definition of Anomaly

1. a deviation from the common rule, type, or form [n -LIES]

Medical Definition of Anomaly

1. A marked deviation from the normal standard, especially as a result of congenital defects. Origin: Gr. Anomalia (18 Nov 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Anomaly

anomalous atrioventricular excitation
anomalous communication
anomalous complex
anomalous conduction
anomalous correspondence
anomalous diffusion
anomalous mitral arcade
anomalous phenomena
anomalous phenomenon
anomalous trichromatism
anomalous uterus
anomalous viscosity
anomeric carbon
anomic aphasia

Literary usage of Anomaly

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. World Ocean Atlas, 1994: 1994 Interannual Variability of Upper Ocean Thermal Sydney Levitus, Timothy P. Boyer, John Antonov by Sydney Levitus, Timothy P. Boyer, John Antonov (1994)
"B21 Temperature anomaly (° C) at the surface for year 1980. Fig. B22 Temperature anomaly ... Cl Temperature anomaly (°C) at 125 m depth for year 1960 Fig. ..."

2. Criminology by Raffaele Garofalo (1914)
"Psychic anomaly. § 3. Hereditary Transmission of Criminal Propensities. J 5. Hypotheses as to the Source of Moral anomaly. § 4. ..."

3. La Niäna and Its Impacts: Facts and Speculation by Michael H. Glantz (2002)
"The SSTA patterns of cold and warm events Figure 5-2 (c) shows the composite (average) SST anomaly patterns associated with the nine cold events and the 10 ..."

4. The Observatory (1903)
"On the Secular Acceleration of the Moon's Mean anomaly. ... The Moon's mean anomaly is more hopeful. It has at least one very great advantage. ..."

5. System of Positive Polity by Auguste Comte (1877)
"Then at once will disappear the anomaly which at present exists, the anomaly, namely, by which certain natures seem in exclusive possession of the practical ..."

6. The Collected Mathematical Papers of Arthur Cayley by Arthur Cayley (1890)
"IF the true anomaly and the mean anomaly are respectively denoted by u, m, and if e be the eccentricity, then as usual u — e sin u = m ; and if we write X ..."

7. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"It is interesting that the congregation of storms off the east coast of South America is essentially in the region of the geomagnetic anomaly. ..."

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