anomaly

[ uh-nom-uh-lee ]
/ əˈnɒm ə li /

noun, plural a·nom·a·lies.


Nearby words

  1. anomalous complex,
  2. anomalous correspondence,
  3. anomalous dispersion,
  4. anomalous monism,
  5. anomalous zeeman effect,
  6. anomer,
  7. anomia,
  8. anomic,
  9. anomie,
  10. anomite

Origin of anomaly

1565–75; < Latin anōmalia < Greek anōmalía, equivalent to anṓmal(os) anomalous + -ia -ia

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British Dictionary definitions for anomaly

anomaly

/ (əˈnɒməlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

something anomalous
deviation from the normal or usual order, type, etc; irregularity
astronomy
  1. Also called: true anomaly the angle between a planet, the sun, and the previous perihelion of the planet
  2. 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
  3. 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
geology
  1. 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
  2. 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
Derived Formsanomalistic, adjectiveanomalistically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for anomaly

anomaly

n.

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).

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Medicine definitions for anomaly

anomaly

[ ə-nŏmə-lē ]

n.

A deviation from the average or norm.

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