an·​a·​log | \ ˈa-nə-ˌlȯg How to pronounce analog (audio) , -ˌläg \

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 This means that, yes, historical analogues are frequently analog. Jason Kehe, Wired, "The Media Monsters in the National Dialog," 8 July 2020 Just as in the 90s, the gameplay is still very analog. Shannon Liao, CNN, "The Tamagotchi virtual pet from the 90s is back," 11 June 2020 Unlike most carmakers in this segment that have digital displays in place of actual gauges, Acura is sticking with analog gauges. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "2021 Acura TLX Sports Sedan Is a Welcome Return to Form," 28 May 2020 The remix hits hazy with analog edge, filling your head with the smoky madness of a night underground. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Jamie Jones Remixes Nina Kraviz's Parris Mitchell Collab 'Feel My Butterfly': Exclusive," 19 Feb. 2020 Less than two feet wide, the Solo 5 has inputs for digital and analog devices. Sean Piccoli, NBC News, "The best bookshelf speakers for home audio, according to experts," 26 Mar. 2020 Board games are analog solutions for a very digital problem: too much screen time. Popular Science, "Classic board games to share with your kids," 31 Mar. 2020 And those Trump allies are using their new power to make money in ways that were never possible in a more transparent, analog era. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "On Politics: A Big Day in Michigan," 10 Mar. 2020 Nearly three-quarters of the ads, a total of 311 posts, were for analog insulin, such as Lantus and Humalog — two popular brands. oregonlive, "Pricing crisis has people selling insulin on Craigslist illegally, study finds," 17 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of analog


1844, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Analog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 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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