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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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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Each tribe has its own eligibility criteria, somewhat analogous to a nation’s citizenship requirements. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, "Who Can Adopt a Native American Child? A Texas Couple vs. 573 Tribes," 5 June 2019 The reform makes analogous enhancements to small-business investment companies (SBICs) as well, expanding the pool of private venture capital for advanced manufacturing. Samuel Hammond, National Review, "How Congress Can Address America’s Startup Shortage," 12 Aug. 2019 Resveratrol has been shown to preserve bone and muscle mass in rats during complete unloading [suspension], analogous to microgravity during spaceflight. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "An antioxidant in red wine might power astronauts on Mars, study says," 18 July 2019 But to James' credit, the negroni albicocca is a fragrant, bitter romp with analogous components: a base of gin and a swash of apricot liqueur, with Suze standing in for Campari and Pineau des Charentes taking the place of vermouth. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Fellow Osteria in Scottsdale is too interesting to ignore but too inconsistent to embrace," 16 July 2019 Convictions for federal gun laws generally carry harsher penalties than the analogous charges brought under state laws. Eric Heisig,, "U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman chosen for study group on federally prosecuting domestic abusers," 12 June 2019 An analogous intellectual transformation occurred in the 1670s in the Dutch provinces, where the Jewish lens grinder Baruch Spinoza overcame the ideological divide that had stymied Western thought for centuries. Nathaniel Rich, Harper's magazine, "Ruina Mundi," 10 May 2019 One category of those options would have very limited strikes somewhat analogous to the action that the Trump administration undertook of April of '17 against the Shayrat Airfield in Syria after Syrian use of chemical weapons. CBS News, "Transcript: Bill Burns and Jim Miller talk with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 21 June 2019 Its methane cycle is analogous to Earth’s water cycle. David W. Brown, New York Times, "NASA Announces New Dragonfly Drone Mission to Explore Titan," 27 June 2019

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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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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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