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Definition of analogous

: similar or comparable to something else either in general or in some specific detail Timbre in music is analogous to color in painting.— Aaron Copland An airplane's joystick is somewhat analogous to the reins on a horse. : similar in a way that invites comparison : showing an analogy or a likeness that permits one to draw an analogy a town council and a government body that serves an analogous function

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Other Words from analogous

analogously adverb
analogousness noun

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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

Examples of analogous in a Sentence

… gluons, force particles analogous to the photons of electromagnetism. — Andrew Watson, Science, 22 Jan. 1999 … 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 … 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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Recent Examples on the Web The view that dreaming is a neural simulation of reality, analogous to virtual reality, is now widely accepted, and the notion that the simulation of social life is an essential biological function is emerging. Tore Nielsen, Scientific American, "The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Changing Our Dreams," 16 Sep. 2020 No, the goalless droughts of 2019 and 2020 are not analogous. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "Takeaways: FC Cincinnati's rebuild took a 3-0 gut-punch from Columbus Crew SC," 8 Sep. 2020 Aaronson came up with a rewriting system with seven symbols and 11 rules that was analogous to the Collatz procedure. Quanta Magazine, "Computer Scientists Attempt to Corner the Collatz Conjecture," 26 Aug. 2020 But if the lights are flashing out of sync with one another or at vastly different times—a situation analogous to using the wrong contact technology or being separated by large time spans—intelligent species might never find one another. Adam Mann, Scientific American, "Want to Talk to Aliens? Try Changing the Technological Channel Beyond Radio," 2 Sep. 2020 The Fed appears to be trying to take an analogous approach regarding banks. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: The Greening of the Fed?," 26 Aug. 2020 Trial volunteers would then become truly analogous to essential workers, needed to prevent a kind of societal collapse. Ben Bramble, The Conversation, "Challenge trials for a coronavirus vaccine are unethical – except for in one unlikely scenario," 24 Aug. 2020 Black people, in a weirdly analogous way, have been learning about white people’s worlds for centuries—in order to survive. Kc Cole, Wired, "Keeping Up With the Coronas—or Why the Virus Is Winning," 7 July 2020 The negative predictive value is analogous: Of 100 people with negative tests, how many of them do not have the disease. Jeffrey L. Schnipper, STAT, "Even Covid-19 tests that aren’t perfect can help control the pandemic," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of analogous

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for analogous

Latin analogus "proportionate" (Medieval Latin, "conforming to analogy") + -ous; analogus borrowed from Greek análogos "proportionate, conformable," parasynthetic derivative from anà lógon "proportionately," from aná "up, throughout" + lógon, accusative of lógos "word, speech, relation, correspondence, proportion" — more at ana-, legend

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The first known use of analogous was in 1646

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20 Sep 2020

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“Analogous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of analogous

formal : similar in some way


anal·​o·​gous | \ ə-ˈna-lə-gəs \

Kids Definition of analogous

: showing analogy : similar


anal·​o·​gous | \ ə-ˈnal-ə-gəs How to pronounce analogous (audio) \

Medical Definition of analogous

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

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