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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Recent Examples on the Web These two ways of organizing a recipe book are analogous to two types of computer languages. Lee Phillips, Ars Technica, "The unreasonable effectiveness of the Julia programming language," 9 Oct. 2020 In many ways, the unexpected finding appears analogous to the 1996 announcement of potential microscopic life in an ancient Martian meteorite designated Allan Hills 84001. Adam Mann, Scientific American, "Venus Might Host Life, New Discovery Suggests," 14 Sep. 2020 No knock warrants' feels analogous to the experience of being Black in America ... Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Kerry Washington, Dan Levy, Ava DuVernay, more react to Breonna Taylor grand jury decision," 23 Sep. 2020 Now, researchers have found a previously unknown arrangement of microcircuits in the avian brain that may be analogous to the mammalian neocortex. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "Newfound brain structure explains why some birds are so smart—and maybe even self-aware," 24 Sep. 2020 And like this: The relationship between such current intelligence and a simulation model developed out of historical data is analogous to the relationship between current weather information and a climatological model. James Gleick, The New York Review of Books, "Simulating Democracy," 22 Sep. 2020 The natural forces of fire are analogous to political challenges that, no matter how dire they are agreed to be, defy a unified response year after year. John King, SFChronicle.com, "California is terrible at fixing large problems. But the climate emergency and housing crisis require big thinking," 21 Sep. 2020 After all, in the eponymous Matt Ruff book Lovecraft Country is based on, Christina’s analogous character is a man. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Lovecraft Country Episode 5 Recap: The Horror Of William, Explained," 14 Sep. 2020 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

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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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26 Oct 2020

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“Analogous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/analogous. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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analogous

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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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