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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 Genetic algorithms, by contrast, are analogous to natural selection. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "NASA’s New Moon-Bound Space Suits Will Get a Boost From AI," 29 June 2020 By generating a visualization analogous to a time-lapse movie, the team could clearly tell that Gliese 887 was jiggling. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Astronomers find a pair of ‘super Earths’ in a nearby star system," 26 June 2020 The fear of unemployment or bankruptcy is in some respects analogous. Avis D. Carlson, Harper's Magazine, "The Jitters," 23 June 2020 That is analogous to discriminating against a transgender person for not conforming to norms expected of a gender, the commission said. Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court says gay and transgender workers are protected by federal law forbidding discrimination on the basis of sex," 15 June 2020 Anyone wishing to enter will be encouraged to pass through a cleansing chamber, analogous to the disinfecting airlocks outside biohazard labs. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "What It Will Take To Make the Indoors Feel Safe Again," 12 June 2020 These basic units of quantum information are analogous to the much more familiar bits used by classical computers, simple binary digits that can have a value of either 1 or 0, true or false. Dario Gil, Scientific American, "The Quantum App Store Is Coming," 9 June 2020 Meanwhile, the scope of veterinary services is becoming increasingly analogous to human medicine, with millennials and Generation Z owners driving much of the growth by spending vast sums on ambitious procedures. Thomas Buckley,, "Builders of a $20 Billion Coffee Empire Have Their Eyes on Pets," 8 June 2020 In general, the PMIS that appears in some kids may be analogous to the immune overreaction in some adults critically ill with COVID-19-damaged lungs. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "What's Different About the Coronavirus in Kids," 15 May 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, 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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10 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Analogous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 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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