analogous

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

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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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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This role would be analogous to most large companies’ Chief Technology Officer. Heather Wilson, Popular Mechanics, "Op-Ed: USAF Secretary on the Future of Science and Tech in the Air Force," 18 Apr. 2019 The second component is being able to use healing, cooling, and pressure to create something analogous to muscle fibers. Angela Chen, The Verge, "These are the technology advances that could end animal farming," 9 Nov. 2018 For the writer of serious literary fiction, the analogous trick is to inflict a traumatic injury on a child. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: They Fall to Earth, We Know Not Where," 18 Jan. 2019 In contrast, Spotify didn’t hire its analogous exec (Jonathan Tarlton) until 2014, and no car company before SEAT had even thought to reach out to Shazam. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "Car Wars: Spotify Faces Stiff Competition as Music Streaming's Battle to Conquer the Road Heats Up," 11 Apr. 2018 Some analysts cite 1998 as analogous to today, when financial crises in Asia and Russia and the near-failure of a giant hedge fund prompted the Fed to cut rates. Eric Morath, WSJ, "Fed Faces a Fresh Test: Engineering a Soft Economic Landing," 6 Jan. 2019 Segways and hoverboards are sort of analogous to these shoes — and quite popular! Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Google is patenting a pair of motorized VR roller skates," 20 Nov. 2018 This policy constitutes a serious depression risk, analogous to that from the Smoot-Hawley Tariff of the 1930s. Robert J. Barro, WSJ, "I Won’t Ride the Trump Train Into a Trade War," 8 Aug. 2018 As LaFrance writes, this is an argument that’s hostile to the idea of professional journalism: Zuckerberg is close to saying that The New York Times and your InfoWars-linking uncle are roughly analogous. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why Facebook Is Desperate for Conservative Allies," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of analogous

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for analogous

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

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The first known use of analogous was in 1646

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analogous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of analogous

formal : similar in some way

analogous

adjective
anal·​o·​gous | \ ə-ˈna-lə-gəs\

Kids Definition of analogous

: showing analogy : similar

analogous

adjective
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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