Definition of outlier in US English:



  • 1A person or thing situated away or detached from the main body or system.

    ‘less accessible islands and outliers’
    • ‘I predicted a majority of 25, so I'm the outlier at the moment.’
    • ‘About 65,000 pairs - nearly the entire world population - nest on Disappointment Island, a rugged outlier.’
    • ‘Linguistically (and in some ways genetically, although there has been more mixing in this regard) the Basques are a complete outlier.’
    • ‘The Reivers, however, is an outlier in Faulkner's body of work.’
    • ‘The U.S., Australia, and Germany are the outliers.’
    • ‘There are indeed many places where you can still hear Welsh spoken daily, particularly in rural west, central and northern Wales, one of its heartlands being the western outliers of Snowdon down to Bangor and on to Anglesey.’
    • ‘San Francisco officials knew they were outliers in the national debate.’
    • ‘The collapse of Easter Island was only one - an outlier, to be sure - of a set of related but independent settlements in Polynesia.’
    • ‘‘If we are still an outlier next year we will have failed,’ he said.’
    • ‘Subsequent migrants, finding that the big islands were occupied, settled on the outlying islands, most of which are coral outliers.’
    • ‘Something ugly has happened here since we changed from being an infant republic to becoming an economic outlier of finance capital.’
    • ‘Other outliers in the east take it out across the Bahamas.’
    • ‘It is perhaps 200 feet high, something of a pimple outlier of the main range but it contained an abandoned, flooded quarry which was, when required, redolent of the Lake District books.’
    • ‘In each case, a 150-meter-long corridor connected the central plot to one outlier, while the others remained isolated.’
    • ‘Perhaps he was just feeling idle, relaxed and de-stressed - like everyone else who makes it to this most wistful and romantic of outliers.’
    • ‘Four miles to the north-east is the island of Boreray and its atmospheric outliers: the whitewashed tooth-like 564 ft Stac Lee and its more northern neighbour, Stac an Armin.’
    • ‘In my experience, when we were writing a case that might be considered an outlier, we knew what we were doing.’
    1. 1.1 A person or thing differing from all other members of a particular group or set.
      ‘an outlier in Faulkner's body of work’
      ‘then there are the corporate outliers, people who just don't fit into the culture of the company’
      • ‘Granted this meeting was not really my field: I was an outlier and I knew it.’
      • ‘There are a few outliers who actually don't want TV, but it seems as though most people who don't have a TV are just trying to avoid the fee.’
      • ‘The poll could be an outlier and we'll have a better idea of the state of play when the next poll is published tonight.’
      • ‘He is widely regarded in the intelligence community as an outlier, as a man who always goes for the worst-case scenario and sometimes overlooks less alarming or at least ambiguous signs.’
      • ‘Only Georgia has a median income above $45,000, making it the outlier in the south, along with Texas.’
      • ‘A property manager can quickly identify the outliers in their portfolio to target for investment.’
      • ‘San Francisco officials knew they were outliers in the national debate.’
      • ‘I predicted a majority of 25, so I'm the outlier at the moment.’
      • ‘In groups it's often the non-expert, the outlier, or the person who isn't in charge who has the most interesting idea.’
      • ‘The outliers get the headlines, the seeming majority, who are doing the job to which they were elected, do not make the news.’
      • ‘Today, America is an outlier among industrial nations.’
      • ‘They were an outlier in the predominantly indie/rock line-up.’
      • ‘There will always be some minority who will find some ax to grind, but these are the outliers.’
      • ‘We need to look past the figureheads of the genre, and focus on brilliant outliers.’
      • ‘If we just look at his performance, 2010 was the outlier in his career, not the standard.’
      • ‘She, like many of my friends, seems to labor under the assumption that I am an outlier, that I am unusually frustrated with the scientific system the way it exists in this country right now.’
      • ‘As a lifelong outlier (especially in the eyes of my family), I can relate to the situation.’
      • ‘I think that Einstein is really an outlier, he's an anomaly.’
    2. 1.2Geology A younger rock formation isolated among older rocks.
      • ‘Fault movements by which blocks of terrain move up or down relative to each other, as when horsts or grabens are formed, can also produce inliers and outliers.’
      • ‘The Great Glen and the Helmsdale faults, along which the Jurassic outliers of Eathie and Helmsdale, respectively, are found, show a complex history of movements.’
      • ‘Lily Fen is also unusual among southern outliers in that its surficial features are well developed.’
      • ‘These sediments, surrounded by older rocks, were originally called outliers.’
      • ‘Equivalent levels were also examined in the mountain-top outliers of Domkirken.’
    3. 1.3Statistics A data point on a graph or in a set of results that is very much bigger or smaller than the next nearest data point.
      • ‘In such a system, attention is focused generally on the outliers who have poor results, with (in most cases) neither integrated analysis of the root cause nor any attempt to determine the processes of care that result in worse outcomes.’
      • ‘If you suspect that your results could be adversely affected by outliers, try thinking of a different way of obtaining them.’
      • ‘Interestingly, while this method is supposed to be relatively insensitive to outliers, the results do change significantly if the data point from 1992 is removed from the series.’
      • ‘Other approaches for dealing with outliers gave substantially similar results.’
      • ‘Results of tests of outliers and assumptions of normality, homogeneity of variance-covariance matrices, linearity, and multicollinearity were satisfactory.’