Definition of anomaly
Examples of anomaly in a Sentence
In approximately 10% of patients, autism can be explained by genetic syndromes and known chromosomal anomalies (most of which have recognizable features in addition to autism) … —Lauren A. Weiss et al.,New England Journal of Medicine, 14 Feb. 2008
Eleven minutes may not sound like much when you're waiting for a table at your favorite restaurant, but in the course of centuries, eleven minutes and change become a formidable chunk of time. By the 1300s, those superfluous minutes had added up to hours, then days, then more than a week. The calendar was losing time, irrevocably, to the “real” year, slipping further and further behind in its measurement of the earth's orbit. Anomalies began to creep into what had been the certainties of life. The spring equinox—one of two moments in the year when day and night are of equal length all over the earth, and which occurs on or about March 21—began to fall on March 16, then 15, then 14. —Michelle Stacey, Harper's, December 2006
Californians aren't the only ones vexed by rolling brownouts and other power-supply anomalies. Everyday power spikes, surges, sags, and line noise cause computers, stereo equipment, televisions, telephones, and other delicate electronic equipment to go psychotic or have complete nervous breakdowns. —Fortune, 25 June 2001
This policy may well have made sense back when steroid use was an anomaly. Now that bulking up with chemical help seems to be more popular than ever, it's incumbent on baseball to take action. —Steve Kettman, New York Times, 20 Aug. 2000
We couldn't explain the anomalies in the test results.
her C grade is an anomaly, as she's never made anything except A's and B's before
Recent Examples of anomaly from the Web
When an air bag exploded in a Honda Accord in 2004, Takata called it an anomaly.
A large and growing body of academic research suggests there are market anomalies that can be exploited to beat a strict index approach.
A genetic anomaly called Turner syndrome makes her short.
Kasich was the last moderate standing in the wild 2016 Republican primary, his Midwestern nice persona an anomaly in an otherwise ugly campaign.
In an age when even high school golfers are bombing it 300 yards off the tee, Daniels is an anomaly.
What's more, the boys in the placebo group showed very little improvement — an anomaly in neurobehavioral testing, because usually the placebo effect is strong, and the group given the placebo shows some kind of improvement, Gargus said.
Through a no longer extant Facebook page called Eli's Story, thousands of people followed the tale of the baby born with arhinia, a rare facial anomaly said to affect only one in 197 million births.
In those two months of data, the team found three noteworthy anomalies, all in the Seattle area.
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ANOMALY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anomaly for English Language Learners
: something that is unusual or unexpected : something anomalous
ANOMALY Defined for Kids
Definition of anomaly for Students
: something different, abnormal, strange, or not easily described
Medical Definition of anomaly
: a deviation from normal especially of a bodily part the infants demonstrated congenital anomalies personality anomalies
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