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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 Might not sound like a big deal, but this marked the beginning of the shift from analog surveillance to today's network solutions. Fredrik Nilsson, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Mulcahy: Most organizations were designed in a world that was analog, and digital came along afterwards and was really a bolt-on. Heather Wishart-smith, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 But its origins — as a Werder Bremen fan site — were distinctly analog. New York Times, 21 June 2021 Next on the road ahead, IBM will delve into the world of analog computation, which could yield high performance and low power. Karl Freund, Forbes, 2 June 2021 The old one, raised in 2007, is now analog by today’s standards., 14 Aug. 2021 This was pre-Pro Tools, so the edit required razorblade splicing of analog tape. Matt Wake |, al, 27 July 2021 And the French carmaker Peugeot has replaced digital speedometers with analog ones in some cars. New York Times, 15 July 2021 Introducing an analog version will give people a less expensive way to access modern insulin., 30 June 2021

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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 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of analog

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

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