adjective anal·o·gous \ ə-ˈna-lə-gəs \
|Updated on: 18 Aug 2018

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





Examples of analogous in a Sentence

  1. … gluons, force particles analogous to the photons of electromagnetism. —Andrew WatsonScience22 Jan. 1999
  2. … great stretches of algae, analogous to terrestrial woodlands, in which kelp fills the role of trees. —William K. StevensNew York Times5 Jan. 1999
  3. … not by means superior to, though analogous with, human reason … —Charles DarwinOn the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection1859

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Origin and Etymology of analogous

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

Synonym Discussion of analogous

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

ANALOGOUS Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of analogous for English Language Learners

  • : similar in some way

ANALOGOUS Defined for Kids


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

Definition of analogous for Students

: showing analogy : similar

Medical Dictionary


adjective 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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