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ANOMALY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does anomaly mean? 

ANOMALY (noun)
  The noun ANOMALY has 3 senses:

1. deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule
2. a person who is unusual
3. (astronomy) position of a planet as defined by its angular distance from its perihelion (as observed from the sun)

  Familiarity information: ANOMALY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ANOMALY (noun)


Sense 1anomaly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

anomalousness; anomaly

Hypernyms ("anomaly" is a kind of...):

abnormal condition; abnormalcy; abnormality (an abnormal condition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "anomaly"):

birth defect; congenital abnormality; congenital anomaly; congenital defect; congenital disorder (a defect that is present at birth)


Sense 2anomaly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who is unusual

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

unusual person; anomaly

Hypernyms ("anomaly" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "anomaly"):

anachronism (a person who seems to be displaced in time; who belongs to another age)

ugly duckling (an ugly or unpromising child who grows into a beautiful or worthy person)

transexual; transsexual (a person who has undergone a sex change operation)

rara avis; rare bird (a rare or unique person)

misfit (someone unable to adapt to their circumstances)

kook; odd fellow; odd fish; odd man out; queer bird; queer duck (someone regarded as eccentric or crazy and standing out from a group)

Jekyll and Hyde (someone with two personalities - one good and one evil)

behemoth; colossus; giant; goliath; monster (someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful)

eccentric; eccentric person; flake; geek; oddball (a person with an unusual or odd personality)

automaton; zombi; zombie (someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way)

albino (a person with congenital albinism: white hair and milky skin; eyes are usually pink)

aberrant (one whose behavior departs substantially from the norm of a group)


Sense 3anomaly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Hypernyms ("anomaly" is a kind of...):

place; position (the particular portion of space occupied by something)

Domain category:

astronomy; uranology (the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole)


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