- The definition of an anomaly is a person or thing that has an abnormality or strays from common rules or methods.
A person born with two heads is an example of an anomaly.
- departure from the regular arrangement, general rule, or usual method; abnormality
- anything anomalous
- Astron. a measurement used for any orbiting body, as a planet's angular distance around its orbit from its perihelion, taken as if viewed from the sun
Origin: Classical Latin anomalia ; from Classical Greek anōmalia, inequality: see anomalous
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noun pl. a·nom·a·lies
- Deviation or departure from the normal or common order, form, or rule.
- One that is peculiar, irregular, abnormal, or difficult to classify: “Both men are anomalies: they have . . . likable personalities but each has made his reputation as a heavy” (David Pauly).
- Astronomy The angular deviation, as observed from the sun, of a planet from its perihelion.
- a·nomˌa·lisˈtic adjective
- a·nomˌa·lisˈti·cal·ly adverb
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