- an observation that is well outside of the expected range of values in a study or experiment, and which is often discarded from the data set: Experience with a variety of data-reduction problems has led to several strategies for dealing with outliers in data sets.
- a person whose abilities, achievements, etc., lie outside the range of statistical probability.
Examples from the Web for outlier
But Florida is kind of an outlier, because culturally, only the northern half of Florida is Dixie.
Egeland is something of an outlier among the worldwide community of humanitarians because he says this sort of thing out loud.
Actually, the United States is an outlier among democracies in granting such generous free speech guarantees.
In comparison to other NWO conspiracy theorists, experts say Ciancia is an outlier.
Said Fidas: “ExxonMobil remains a significant holdout with respect to LGBT equality and in many ways an outlier.”Walmart’s New Embrace of Gay Employees a Sign of Corporate Shift|Daniel Gross|August 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Miraculously, he reached the outlier skirmish without being spotted.Makers|Cory Doctorow
It was Won-tolla, the Outlier, and he said never a word, but continued his horrible sport beside the dholes.
The outlier of the group once created served as a nucleus for fresh accumulations.Man and His Migrations|R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
We first visited together the outlier of the Weald at Linksfield.The Cruise of the Betsey|Hugh Miller
"Eat," said Akela, rising up from the meat Mowgli had brought him, and the Outlier flung himself on it.
British Dictionary definitions for outlier
Word Origin and History for outlier
c.1600, "stone quarried and removed but left unused," from out + lie (v.2). Transferred meaning "outsider" is recorded from 1680s; "anything detached from its main body" is from 1849; geological sense is from 1833.