analogous

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adjective anal·o·gous \ə-ˈna-lə-gəs\

Definition of analogous

  1. 1 :  susceptible of comparison either in general or in some specific detail :  showing an analogy or a likeness that permits one to draw an analogy An airplane's joystick is somewhat analogous to the reins on a horse.

  2. 2 :  being or related to as an analogue

analogously

adverb

analogousness

noun

Examples of analogous in a Sentence

  1. … gluons, force particles analogous to the photons of electromagnetism. —Andrew Watson, Science, 22 Jan. 1999

  2. … great stretches of algae, analogous to terrestrial woodlands, in which kelp fills the role of trees. —William K. Stevens, New York Times, 5 Jan. 1999

  3. … not by means superior to, though analogous with, human reason … —Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, 1859

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Origin and Etymology of analogous

Latin analogus, from Greek analogos, literally, proportionate, from ana- + logos reason, ratio, from legein to gather, speak — more at legend

Synonym Discussion of analogous

similar, analogous, parallel mean closely resembling each other. similar implies the possibility of being mistaken for each other. all the houses in the development are similar analogous applies to things belonging in essentially different categories but nevertheless having many similarities. analogous political systems parallel suggests a marked likeness in the development of two things. the parallel careers of two movie stars

ANALOGOUS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of analogous for English Language Learners

  • : similar in some way


ANALOGOUS Defined for Kids

analogous

adjective anal·o·gous \ə-ˈna-lə-gəs\

Definition of analogous for Students

  1. :  showing analogy :  similar


Medical Dictionary

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adjective anal·o·gous \ə-ˈnal-ə-gəs\

Medical Definition of analogous

  1. :  having similar function but a different structure and origin analogous organs



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