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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.  --Burke. 
 
  As  Professor  Owen  has  remarked,  there  is  no  greater 
  anomaly  in  nature  than  a  bird  that  can  not  fly. 
  --Darwin. 
 
  2.  (Astron.) 
  a  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. 
  b  The  angle  measuring  apparent  irregularities  in  the 
  motion  of  a  planet. 
 
  3.  (Nat.  Hist.)  Any  deviation  from  the  essential 
  characteristics  of  a  specific  type 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  anomaly 
  n  1:  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) 




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