anal·​o·​gous | \ə-ˈna-lə-gəs \

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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The horses are, in some ways, analogous to cars in GTA. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Red Dead Redemption 2 is the most convincing open-world game ever made," 25 Oct. 2018 And there are many problems that are analogous to that. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Elites like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos think they’re being philanthropic. But they could do so much more.," 3 Oct. 2018 These situations aren't completely analogous, of course. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "‘I don’t believe them’: Trump doubts sexual-abuse accusers and sides with an ally — again," 6 July 2018 Mercedes is joining a pack of automakers looking to appeal to younger customers by offering access to cars through service more analogous to how Netflix Inc. sells movies or Uber Technologies Inc. dispatches rides. Gabrielle Coppola,, "Mercedes-Benz Starts Subscription Pilot From $1,095 a Month," 5 June 2018 While Holmes and her company settled analogous charges, Balwani is going to court to fight the SEC. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "‘Therabros’ and ‘disappeared’ staffers: the 8 juiciest things we learned from John Carreyrou’s new Theranos book," 12 Apr. 2018 Obviously that was not analogous to Landon's, because with Landon's the ball kind of popped out. Grant Wahl And Brian Straus,, "World Cup Daily Podcast: Belgium Stuns Japan With Epic Second-Half Comeback," 2 July 2018 Meet the Neighbors Pick three analogous hues that sit next to one another on the color wheel for a soothing scheme that is easy on the eyes. Mike Irvine, Sunset, "4 Ways to Design Colorful Floral Arrangements," 22 Jan. 2018 An analogous kind of reciprocity has also been at work in China’s economic relationship with America. The Economist, "Donald Trump insists on trade reciprocity. But what kind?," 12 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of analogous

: 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 \

Medical Definition of analogous 

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

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