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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 What does an old, analog phone have to do with the military? Russ Read, Washington Examiner, "'Win the next fight': Army chief uses old telephone to show need for change," 21 Jan. 2020 The old cars, tinny and gray, with analog destination signs, could meet the same fate as BART’s legacy trains. Rachel Swan,, "Bucket seats, new door sensors: Muni unveils redesigned fleet," 10 Dec. 2019 WeWork was in the business of delivering digital-style growth in the very analog sphere of commercial real estate. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, "The Rise and Fall of WeWork," 6 Nov. 2019 The always on screen offers a pared down digital or analog time display with icons showing a few other key bits of info, like battery life and the date. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Fitbit Versa 2 Review: With Alexa and an Always-on Display, Fitness Tracking Gets Smarter," 13 Sep. 2019 The entire process will be more digital, but with analog components throughout for security and accessibility. Matt Stiles, Los Angeles Times, "Sweeping change is coming for L.A. County voters. If things go wrong, he’ll get the blame," 19 Aug. 2019 They’ll be joined by analog liquid light show legends Mad Alchemy, who’ll be producing mind-expanding visuals tailored to each set throughout the night. Andrea Domanick, Los Angeles Times, "Best live music in L.A.: Robyn, Cuco, XXL Freshman and more," 24 July 2019 For his part, Braun has experience working with new sets of analysts, juggling the digital and analog components of calling a game online, and speaking to two sets of audiences at once. Jacob Feldman,, "What to Expect from YouTube's Exclusive Live MLB Game Broadcast," 18 July 2019 When will my analog measure of a tight grip really factor into a game or app? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Is Valve Index the best virtual reality system to buy in 2019?," 28 June 2019

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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 24 Feb. 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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