noun, plural a·nom·a·lies.
- anomalous complex,
- anomalous correspondence,
- anomalous dispersion,
- anomalous monism,
- anomalous zeeman effect,
Origin of anomaly
Examples from the Web for anomalies
Though the documented cases of direct killing are not numerous, they must be taken very seriously and not dismissed as anomalies.
The other 22 Republican senators are probably lost (although there are a couple of anomalies among that 22).Most GOP Senators Will Bow to Ted Cruz on Obamacare|Michael Tomasky|September 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Investigators are also looking into anomalies in the life of the cyclist who was killed at the scene.
So there were some anomalies about this contest that Democrats should be aware of.Premature Celebration Follows Democratic Victory in New York State|Michael Tomasky|May 25, 2011|DAILY BEAST
But those shining moments have been anomalies, and this week's episodes served as a microcosm of this season's problems.
It may be well to give a few instances of the anomalies presented, upon this hypothesis, by Marcion's text.Supernatural Religion, Vol. II. (of III)|Walter Richard Cassels
Among other anomalies in his character, the way that misfortunes affect him is not the least striking.The Shepherd's Calendar|James Hogg
This part shows perhaps a greater number of anomalies than any other facial organ.Criminal Man|Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
How strange and how unceasing are the anomalies of Irish life!The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. I (of II)|Charles James Lever
It is one of the anomalies of paternal government that the men made children turn upon their kind fatherly ruler.Our Journey to the Hebrides|Joseph Pennell and Elizabeth Robins Pennell
noun plural -lies
- Also called: true anomaly the angle between a planet, the sun, and the previous perihelion of the planet
- Also called: eccentric anomaly the angle between the periapsis of a particular point on a circle round the orbit as seen from the centre of the orbit. This point is obtained by producing a perpendicular to the major axis of the ellipse through the orbiting body until it reaches the circumference of the circle
- Also called: mean anomaly the angle between the periapsis of an orbit and the position of an imaginary body orbiting at a constant angular speed and in the same period as the real orbiting body
- Also called: gravity anomaly a deviation from the normal value of gravity at the earth's surface, caused by density differences at depth, for example those caused by a buried mineral body
- Also called: magnetic anomaly a magnetic field, for example one produced by a buried mineral body, that deviates from an expected or standard value, usually that of the earth's magnetic field
1570s, from Latin anomalia, from Greek anomalia "inequality," noun of quality from anomalos "uneven, irregular," from an-, privative prefix, "not" (see an- (1)) + homalos "even," from homos "same" (see same).