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an·​a·​log ˈa-nə-ˌlȯg How to pronounce analog (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a mechanism or device in which information is represented by continuously variable physical quantities
Your speakers are analog technology in all its nearly century-old glory … . As the speakers get their signals from the cables, the drivers vibrate in a continual state of flux as the changing analog signals are fed to them. The drivers are presenting an analogy of what came from the original source, even if the source started off digital, such as a CD.Ron Goldberg
: of or relating to an analog computer
In an analog machine each number is represented by a suitable physical quantity, whose value, measured in some pre-assigned unit, is equal to the number in question.The World Treasury Of Physics
of a timepiece : having both hour and minute hands
an analog watch
: not digital : not computerized
Of course, it's possible to meet someone online, but it's just as tough as the old, analog ways.Anita Hamilton
: of, relating to, or being an analogue


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variant spelling of analogue entry 1

: something that is similar or comparable to something else either in general or in some specific detail : something that is analogous to something else
historical analogues to the current situation
an aspirin analogue
: an organ or part similar in function to an organ or part of another animal or plant but different in structure and origin
The gill of a fish is the analogue of the lung of a cat.
usually analog : a chemical compound that is structurally similar to another but differs slightly in composition (as in the replacement of one atom by an atom of a different element or in the presence of a particular functional group)
: a food product made by combining a less expensive food (such as soybeans or whitefish) with additives to give the appearance and taste of a more expensive food (such as beef or crab)

Example Sentences

Adjective Telephone lines carry data in analog form. It receives an analog video signal and converts it to a digital signal.
Recent Examples on the Web
How could a thing so synonymous with the digital revolution, the computer, ever have been analog? Jason Kehe, Wired, 8 July 2020 Those seeking a bit of an edge in competitive games can benefit from the addition of attachable back paddles, multiple analog stick types, and fully mappable controls—including the ability to minutely manage controller dead zones. Billy Givens, Popular Mechanics, 3 Mar. 2023 These earthy, analog metaphors, though, betray the centuries between us and the monks who wrote them. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2023 The instrument panel keeps it fairly simple, too, with analog dials for the speed and tach and a vehicle-data display in the center. Dallas News, 21 Jan. 2023 Puzzles are the ultimate screen-free activity, and the pandemic definitely had many people rediscovering their love for this fun, analog form of entertainment. Micki Wagner, Popular Mechanics, 20 Jan. 2023 For a generation new to vinyl records, the Sound Burger is a doorway to the joy of analog music. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 6 Jan. 2023 Often regarded as the last in a quartet of analog supercars from the Prancing Horse, its predecessors include the 288 GTO, F40 and F50. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 12 Dec. 2022 There are custom watch faces to choose from too: both digital and analog options. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 28 Nov. 2022
But Emily cannot be reduced to this titillating analog for Heathcliff and Cathy, or really to any one relationship in Emily’s life. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 22 Feb. 2023 The arid desert has long been considered a Mars analog for scientists — even more so when researchers came across the desert’s Red Stone Jurassic fossil delta. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 21 Feb. 2023 The entry-level smartwatch has an analog watch face but packs a plethora of health and fitness features, including the ability to track heart rate, blood oxygen, sleep metrics, and more. Brenda Stolyar Louryn Strampe, WIRED, 11 Feb. 2023 Wired headphones use an analog connection to transfer sound from the headphone jack on your device to the drivers in your ears. Zoë Hannah, Popular Mechanics, 2 Feb. 2023 The Rocketbook Core is our top choice because the user experience is the most like an analog paper notebook. Heidi Wachter, Treehugger, 23 Jan. 2023 In the years since, Dion recast her analog image for the Instagram era. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2022 Tanner played keys on the album, adding evocative textures like Mellotron, Hammond organ, analog synth and electric piano. Matt Wake |, al, 14 Dec. 2022 There’s a place for electric, self-driving cars, sure, but here’s hoping there will always be a place for this most analog of automobiles. Charlie Thomas, Robb Report, 11 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History



from attributive use of analogue entry 1; (sense 1) after analog computer, in which physical quantities (as electrical potential or mechanical motion) are analogues of corresponding quantities in the problem to be solved

First Known Use


1844, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of analog was in 1844

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“Analog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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