noun anal·o·gy \ə-ˈna-lə-jē\

: a comparison of two things based on their being alike in some way

: the act of comparing two things that are alike in some way

plural anal·o·gies

Full Definition of ANALOGY

:  inference that if two or more things agree with one another in some respects they will probably agree in others
a :  resemblance in some particulars between things otherwise unlike :  similarity
b :  comparison based on such resemblance
:  correspondence between the members of pairs or sets of linguistic forms that serves as a basis for the creation of another form
:  correspondence in function between anatomical parts of different structure and origin — compare homology

Examples of ANALOGY

  1. He does, though, suffer from the occupational deformation of international relations specialists: an enthusiasm for ransacking the past in search of precedents, analogies, patterns, and cycles that might explain the present and forecast the future. —Tony Judt, New York Book Review, 10 Apr. 2003

Origin of ANALOGY

(see analogous)
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with ANALOGY


noun anal·o·gy \ə-ˈnal-ə-jē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural anal·o·gies

Medical Definition of ANALOGY

:  functional similarity between anatomical parts without similarity of structure and origin—compare homology 1


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