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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun A*nom"a*ly
  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]
    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.

Etymology: L. anomalia, Gr. �. See Anomalous

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

From Latin anomalia, from Ancient Greek ἀνωμαλία (anōmalía, “irregularity, anomaly”), from ἀνώμαλος (anṓmalos, “irregular, uneven”), negating the meaning of ὁμαλός (homalós, “even”), from ὁμός (homós, “same”).

  1. A deviation from a rule or from what is regarded as normal; an outlier.
    Synonyms: abnormality, deviance, deviation, exception, inconsistency, irregularity, phenomenon
  2. Something or someone that is strange or unusual.
    He is an among his friends.
  3. (sciences) Any event or measurement that is out of the ordinary regardless of whether it is exceptional or not.
  4. (astronomy) Any of various angular distances.
  5. (biology) A defect or malformation.
  6. (quantum mechanics) A failure of a classical symmetry due to quantum corrections.
  7. (dated) An irregularity or disproportion.

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Past life for Anomaly born Feb 6, 1959

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern China approximately on 1375. Your profession was trainer and holder of the fine animals, birds, and insects.

You were a revolutionary type. You inspired changes in any sphere - politics, business, religion, housekeeping. You could have been a leader. You are bound to solve problems regarding pollution of environment, recycling, misuse of raw materials, elimination of radioactivity by all means including psychological methods.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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