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Definition of analog

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1a : 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
b : 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
c of a timepiece : having both hour and minute hands an analog watch
d : 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
2 : of, relating to, or being an analogue



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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
2 : 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.
3 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)
4 : 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)

Examples of analog in a Sentence

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: Adjective The gauges were exceptionally legible, thanks to crisp digital projections of analog instruments. Dallas News, "Nissan Rogue’s 2021 version throws down a challenge to rivals RAV4 and CR-V," 10 Oct. 2020 The gauges were exceptionally legible, thanks to crisp digital projections of analog instruments. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Nissan Rogue’s new features, performance, value ready to pressure RAV4 and CR-V," 5 Oct. 2020 In thousands of schools across the U.S., though, teachers are using a small technology startup to preserve some of the more analog aspects of classwork during the pandemic. Jacqueline Davalos,, "This Startup Pushes Technology Into Schools With Paper and Pen," 18 Sep. 2020 Though Public Public Address’s message can’t be heard without a digital device, some engaged in analog protests are listening. Washington Post, "An around-the-clock virtual protest lifts voices of those unable to take to the streets," 22 Sep. 2020 My social groups in Seattle are pretty analog, and my local board gaming crew never agreed upon a digital facsimile for any of our favorite games. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "How Ars Technica’s tech-savvy staffers conduct happy hours in locked-down 2020," 6 Sep. 2020 Health care is notoriously analog, but the pandemic has provided Alphabet’s Verily a chance to show how that can change quickly if institutions are willing to experiment. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Big Tech Companies Want to Help Get You Back in the Office," 3 Sep. 2020 But Rawlinson would rather align his car with another, more analog model. Hannah Elliott,, "How Lucid Motors Plans to Spin Tesla-Killing Strategy Out of Air," 1 Sep. 2020 But these days, those analog communications have all but vanished. Yuri Kageyama, USA TODAY, "How 'things' tell a story: Japan museum portrays coronavirus pandemic life through everyday items," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of analog


1844, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for analog


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

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“Analog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of analog

technical : of or relating to a device or process in which data is represented by physical quantities that change continuously
of a clock or watch : having hour and minute hands

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