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analogous

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adjective anal·o·gous \ə-ˈna-lə-gəs\

Simple Definition of analogous

  • : similar in some way

Full Definition of analogous

  1. 1 :  showing an analogy or a likeness that permits one to draw an analogy

  2. 2 :  being or related to as an analogue

anal·o·gous·ly adverb
anal·o·gous·ness noun

Examples of analogous

  1. … gluons, force particles analogous to the photons of electromagnetism. —Andrew Watson, Science, 22 Jan. 1999

  2. … great stretches of algae, analogous to terrestrial woodlands, in which kelp fills the role of trees. —William K. Stevens, New York Times, 5 Jan. 1999

  3. … not by means superior to, though analogous with, human reason … —Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, 1859

  4. I could not think of an analogous situation.

  5. <bad-mouthing your sister is analogous to slapping her in the face—it's just as bad>



Origin of analogous

Latin analogus, from Greek analogos, literally, proportionate, from ana- + logos reason, ratio, from legein to gather, speak — more at legend


First Known Use: 1646

Synonym Discussion of analogous

similar, analogous, parallel mean closely resembling each other. similar implies the possibility of being mistaken for each other <all the houses in the development are similar>. analogous applies to things belonging in essentially different categories but nevertheless having many similarities <analogous political systems>. parallel suggests a marked likeness in the development of two things <the parallel careers of two movie stars>.

ANALOGOUS Defined for Kids

analogous

adjective anal·o·gous \ə-ˈna-lə-gəs\

Definition of analogous

  1. :  showing analogy :  similar




Medical Dictionary

analogous

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adjective anal·o·gous \ə-ˈnal-ə-gəs\

Medical Definition of analogous

  1. :  having similar function but a different structure and origin <analogous organs>





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