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 anomaly
The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed BritainBy Tim Teeman Lady Grantham of ‘Downton Abbey’ is far from an anomaly.Six Must-Read Stories About Gay Mormon Husbands and Iranian Drug Wars|The Daily Beast|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And because of this anomaly, authenticators concluded it was not an original.
“What I see in the pictures is to a large extent an anomaly to the culture of the Syrian army,” he said.
One anomaly of this past holiday mayhem is that a significant number of the shootings were not gang-related.
I think the rule, rather than the anomaly, is that people tend to struggle.
He said it was an anomaly in the laws that the dockyard laborers were not disfranchised.The British State Telegraphs|Hugo Richard Meyer
The explanation of this anomaly may be found in what had been occurring in Chalda.Expositor's Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther|Walter Adeney
The waterman vouches for him; he's quite an anomaly—a respectable cabman; drives his own horse, and has never been in any trouble.Armadale|Wilkie Collins
Though I could be no critic of marine construction, this seemed an anomaly for which there appeared to be no excuse.The Log of a Sea-Waif|Frank T. Bullen
If his father dies he must, of course, leave: a midshipman with eight thousand pounds a year would indeed be an anomaly.Mr. Midshipman Easy|Captain Frederick Marryat
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).