Meaning of anomaly in English:


Pronunciation /əˈnɒm(ə)li/

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nounplural noun anomalies

  • 1Something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected.

    ‘there are a number of anomalies in the present system’
    • ‘the apparent anomaly that those who produced the wealth were the poorest’
    • ‘the position abounds in anomaly’
    • ‘Or is this just an anomaly that all of Africa and all of the world should regret, do you think?’
    • ‘The final piece of the jigsaw fell into place at Villa Park and it's a curious anomaly that whenever he has found the net we have always won.’
    • ‘In that incident, an anomaly that has existed in the Service for decades has come to the fore.’
    • ‘It was an historical anomaly that led to the collapse of the British motor industry in the West Midlands.’
    • ‘This would put an end to the archaic anomaly that in the UK we are subjects, not citizens.’
    • ‘When did the Government realise there was the anomaly that my colleague has pointed out?’
    • ‘This legislation will get rid of an anomaly that has bothered me and other members of the Labour Party for a long time.’
    • ‘The bill corrects an anomaly that exists in respect of collective negotiations for teachers.’
    • ‘It affects their pension rights and it's an anomaly that needs to be removed for those who want to work beyond 65.’
    • ‘I would like to address an anomaly that I have picked up in the agriculture supplementary estimates.’
    • ‘But modern nationhood is a complicated business, so you'd expect anomalies.’
    • ‘It's the kind of anomaly that gets into the tax code unintentionally and then can't be gotten rid of.’
    • ‘There was at least one anomaly that nobody seemed able to explain.’
    • ‘Legal anomalies and irresponsible GPs who over-prescribed forced a change in policy and a legal crackdown.’
    • ‘Field workers are currently investigating another anomaly that turned up in the survey.’
    • ‘It's odd to think of myself as an anomaly, a quirk, an oddity, but that's what I am at the moment.’
    • ‘In every country the meteorologists are thinking that these anomalies are just present in their region.’
    • ‘It is hoped these anomalies will not be present in the production version.’
    • ‘It was a departure in style for him and today stands alone as something of an anomaly in his back-catalogue.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the anomalies surrounding eligibility for the Commonwealth Games abound.’
    oddity, peculiarity, abnormality, irregularity, inconsistency, incongruity, deviation, aberration, quirk, freak, exception, departure, divergence, variation
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  • 2Astronomy
    The angular distance of a planet or satellite from its last perihelion or perigee.

    ‘Such processing efforts have led to determinations of satellite magnetic anomalies of the Earth.’
    • ‘For his lunar theory [Hipparchus] needed to establish the mean motions of the Moon in longitude, anomaly and latitude.’
    • ‘It has been used in gauge theory, instantons, monopoles, string theory and the theory of anomalies.’


Late 16th century via Latin from Greek anōmalia, from anōmalos (see anomalous).