9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[uh-nom-uh-lee] /əˈnɒm ə li/
noun, plural anomalies.
a deviation from the common rule, type, arrangement, or form.
an anomalous person or thing; one that is abnormal or does not fit in:
With his quiet nature, he was an anomaly in his exuberant family.
an odd, peculiar, or strange condition, situation, quality, etc.
an incongruity or inconsistency.
Astronomy. a quantity measured in degrees, defining the position of an orbiting body with respect to the point at which it is nearest to or farthest from its primary.
Meteorology. the amount of deviation of a meteorological quantity from the accepted normal value of that quantity.
Grammar, irregularity.
Origin of anomaly
1565-75; < Latin anōmalia < Greek anōmalía, equivalent to anṓmal(os) anomalous + -ia -ia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for anomaly
  • Any data points outside of normal operations appeared as an anomaly.
  • If it happens once, it's an anomaly.
  • We take this anomaly for granted and ignore the real significance of it.
  • The increases we have now are not a natural anomaly.
  • You keep listing erroneous claims, quotes deliberately taken out of context and exercise in anomaly hunting.
  • One could say that you have experienced a statistical anomaly.
  • They film this astronomical anomaly as it runs through a variety of tricks, then disappears.
  • The team will concentrate investigating the reasons for this anomaly once the science data has been analysed.
  • As the sun set, we drove into the hills until we came to the large hotel — an anomaly on the rocky, deserted shoreline.
  • Extreme behavior exists, but it's the anomaly.
British Dictionary definitions for anomaly


noun (pl) -lies
something anomalous
deviation from the normal or usual order, type, etc; irregularity
  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
  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 Forms
anomalistic, adjective
anomalistically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for anomaly

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
anomaly in Medicine

anomaly a·nom·a·ly (ə-nŏm'ə-lē)
A deviation from the average or norm.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for anomaly

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for anomaly

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with anomaly

Nearby words for anomaly