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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ When corrections are made to take account of these differences in crustal density the magnitude of gravity anomalies is significantly reduced.
▪ The data are reduced using standard procedures to produce Bouguer gravity anomalies to an overall accuracy of 1 m Gal.
▪ Correction for altitude alone gives the free-air gravity anomaly.
▪ Initial indications are that the basic rocks responsible for the gravity anomaly are more extensive than originally mapped.
▪ Similar processes would explain anomalies such as the existence of closely related species in widely separated locations.
▪ The trust being in receipt of the 1991 Buckfastleigh branch income explains the percentage anomaly.
▪ This fact alone explains the Sun/climate anomaly.
▪ Can any Western leader explain this embarrassing anomaly?
▪ Most people would be willing to pay such a price to remove the anomalies involving the ability to pay.
▪ Pohnpei is an anomaly - it's a Pacific island without a beach.
▪ But on one such mission they came across a startling anomaly.
▪ He was an anomaly down to his very genes.
▪ One such charming and dated anomaly is that a school like Burleigh can be bought.
▪ The contradictions and anomalies in the 1954 scheme were obvious.
▪ There would be a return to all the anomalies that the old rating system caused.
▪ When corrections are made to take account of these differences in crustal density the magnitude of gravity anomalies is significantly reduced.
▪ Whenever observations emerged that did not fit the mechanistic model, they were dismissed as insignificant anomalies.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Anomaly \A*nom"a*ly\, n.; pl. Anomalies. [L. anomalia, Gr. ?. See Anomalous.]

  1. Deviation from the common rule; an irregularity; anything anomalous.

    We are enabled to unite into a consistent whole the various anomalies and contending principles that are found in the minds and affairs of men.

    As Professor Owen has remarked, there is no greater anomaly in nature than a bird that can not fly.

  2. (Astron.)

    1. The angular distance of a planet from its perihelion, as seen from the sun. This is the true anomaly. The eccentric anomaly is a corresponding angle at the center of the elliptic orbit of the planet. The mean anomaly is what the anomaly would be if the planet's angular motion were uniform.

    2. The angle measuring apparent irregularities in the motion of a planet.

  3. (Nat. Hist.) Any deviation from the essential characteristics of a specific type. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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).


n. 1 A deviation from a rule or from what is regarded as normal. 2 Something or someone that is strange or unusual. 3 (context science English) Any event or measurement that is out of the ordinary regardless of whether it is exceptional or not. 4 (context astronomy English) Any of various angular distances. 5 (context biology English) A defect or malformation. 6 (context quantum physics English) A failure of a classical symmetry due to quantum corrections. 7 (context dated English) An irregularity or disproportion.

  1. n. deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule [syn: anomalousness]

  2. a person who is unusual [syn: unusual person]

  3. (astronomy) position of a planet as defined by its angular distance from its perihelion (as observed from the sun)


Anomaly may refer to:

Anomaly (The Hiatus album)

Anomaly is the second full-length album released by The Hiatus on June 30, 2010. It peaked at No. 5 on the Oricon album chart. Tez Humphreys drew the illustration for the record jacket.

Anomaly (communications agency)

Anomaly is an American marketing communications agency founded in 2004 in New York. The agency has offices in New York, London, Amsterdam, Toronto, and Shanghai.

The agency does not bill by hours worked, but instead charges a fee up front or takes a proportion of equity in the property advertised.

Anomaly (graphic novel)

Anomaly is a graphic novel featuring augmented reality, created in part by Brian Haberlin, depicting the adventures of a disgraced soldier on an alien planet.

Anomaly (natural sciences)

In the natural sciences, especially in atmospheric and Earth sciences involving applied statistics, an anomaly is the deviation in a quantity from its expected value, e.g., the difference between a measurement and a mean or a model prediction. Similarly, a standardized anomaly equals an anomaly divided by a standard deviation. A group of anomalies can be analyzed spatially, as a map, or temporally, as a time series. There are examples in atmospheric sciences and in geophysics.

Anomaly (physics)

In quantum physics an anomaly or quantum anomaly is the failure of a symmetry of a theory's classical action to be a symmetry of any regularization of the full quantum theory. In classical physics an anomaly is the failure of a symmetry to be restored in the limit in which the symmetry-breaking parameter goes to zero. Perhaps the first known anomaly was the dissipative anomaly in turbulence: time-reversibility remains broken (and energy dissipation rate finite) at the limit of vanishing viscosity.

Technically, an anomalous symmetry in a quantum theory is a symmetry of the action, but not of the measure, and so not of the partition function as a whole.

Anomaly (Star Trek: Enterprise)

"Anomaly" is the 54th episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise, the second episode of the third season. The episode was written by co-producer Mike Sussman and directed by David Straiton, his fifth for the show.

Set in the 22nd century, the series follows the adventures of the first Starfleet starship Enterprise, registration NX-01. Season three of Enterprise features an ongoing story following an attack on Earth by previously unknown aliens called the Xindi. In this episode, the Enterprise is attacked by an Osaarian vessel, and in pursuit they discover that the aliens have information on the Xindi which they must retrieve to help them on their mission.

The guest cast included Robert Rusler, who had previously appeared in Babylon 5, and Julia Rose, who wore a costume originally created for Hilary Swank in the 2003 film The Core. The episode received ratings of 2.6/5 percent according to Nielsen Media Research, which was the same as previous episode " The Xindi". It was watched by 4.29 million viewers which was an increase and the fourth highest so far in 2003. The actions of Captain Jonathan Archer ( Scott Bakula) received criticism in this episode, but the special effects and action sequences were praised.

Anomaly (Ace Frehley album)

Anomaly is the fifth solo album by former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, released on September 15, 2009. It is his first album of new studio material since 1989's Trouble Walkin'. Frehley produced most of the album himself, with Marti Frederiksen producing the Sweet cover " Fox on the Run". The album is dedicated to Kiss drummer Eric Carr, Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, and Les Paul. The album debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200, number 20 on the Swedish album chart and number 52 on the German chart.

Anomaly (series)

Anomaly is a 2013 dystopian science-fiction Christian trilogy by Krista McGee, published through Thomas Nelson. The first book in the series, Anomaly, was published on July 9, 2013. The series's second entry, Luminary, was published on January 7, 2014. A third entry is set for publication in August 2014. The series follows a seventeen-year-old girl living in a post-apocalyptic society that punishes the expression of emotion.

While writing the series McGee was inspired by the books Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four, as she wondered what the books would be like if they were written from the Christian worldview perspective.

Anomaly (Lecrae album)

Anomaly is the seventh studio album by American Christian hip hop artist Lecrae, released on September 9, 2014, through Reach Records. The album features appearances from Crystal Nicole, Kari Jobe, and For King & Country, along with label-mate Andy Mineo. Anomaly met with a positive critical reception, and the song "Nuthin", released for streaming as a single on July 1, 2014, was nominated for the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards in the best Impact Track category. The album also fared well commercially, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with over 88,000 copies sold. It also debuted at No. 1 on the Top Gospel Albums chart, marking the first time that any artist has ever topped both the 200 and Gospel charts. Anomaly won Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year at the 2015 GMA Dove Awards, and Rap, Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year at the 2015 Stellar Awards. Two songs earned a nomination for the 2015 Grammy Awards; "All I Need is You" was nominated for Best Rap Performance, and "Messengers", featuring For King & Country, which won Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song. Rolling Stone ranked it at No. 12 on their list "40 best rap albums of 2014".

Usage examples of "anomaly".

If the cosmic menace of the anomaly had been ignored or underestimated, if our needs had been neglected, the errors had not been ours.

Habibula presented a problem as strange and dangerous as the anomaly itself.

My poor flesh freezes when I think of Ken out in the fearful anomaly now, fighting that enemy machine.

Observing stars at certain angles through the anomaly, we find their images blurred and spectral lines shifted toward the red.

The theory implies that the anomaly should shrink, if it changes at all.

She had stopped at the entrance, gazing at that black funnel in the heart of the anomaly, her face gaunt and grave and white.

I turned to the dome again, to study that fearful funnel swelling at the heart of the anomaly, the captured asteroid burning brighter now and nearer the center.

When I began asking, a little wildly, what they had found beyond the anomaly, his withered hand lifted impatiently to cut me off.

Anyhow, before we were halfway to the center of the anomaly, the stars went out.

I believe this anomaly may be the cause of the destruction that Q spoke of.

Ensign Calan sat at her conn station, with little to do except watch the anomaly shimmer and burn on the viewscreen, her thoughts drifted back to an earlier time.

Picard could see a rather complex diagram of the anomaly with various pieces of sensor information incorporated into it.

As Data began to comply with his orders, the captain took in the image of the anomaly on the viewscreen.

Somehow, the temporal energy from the anomaly caused the fetal tissue to revert to an earlier stage of development.

I want you to analyze the information and find a way to shut the anomaly down.