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Definition of analog

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1a : of, relating to, or being a mechanism or device in which information is represented by continuously variable physical quantities Your speakers are analog technology in all its nearly century-old glory … . As the speakers get their signals from the cables, the drivers vibrate in a continual state of flux as the changing analog signals are fed to them. The drivers are presenting an analogy of what came from the original source, even if the source started off digital, such as a CD.— Ron Goldberg
b : of or relating to an analog computer In an analog machine each number is represented by a suitable physical quantity, whose value, measured in some pre-assigned unit, is equal to the number in question.The World Treasury Of Physics
c of a timepiece : having both hour and minute hands an analog watch
d : not digital : not computerized Of course, it's possible to meet someone online, but it's just as tough as the old, analog ways.— Anita Hamilton
2 : of, relating to, or being an analogue



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1 : something that is similar or comparable to something else either in general or in some specific detail : something that is analogous to something else historical analogues to the current situation an aspirin analogue
2 : an organ or part similar in function to an organ or part of another animal or plant but different in structure and origin The gill of a fish is the analogue of the lung of a cat.
3 usually analog : a chemical compound that is structurally similar to another but differs slightly in composition (as in the replacement of one atom by an atom of a different element or in the presence of a particular functional group)
4 : a food product made by combining a less expensive food (such as soybeans or whitefish) with additives to give the appearance and taste of a more expensive food (such as beef or crab)

Examples of analog in a Sentence

Adjective Telephone lines carry data in analog form. It receives an analog video signal and converts it to a digital signal.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The forces of gentrification lurk quietly beneath analog footage of a young Biggie boasting on the corner. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, "‘Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell’ Avoids the Trap of Mythology," 3 Mar. 2021 These previously analog devices can become inoperable because of a single failure at one company miles away. Nick Roll, The Christian Science Monitor, "The internet breaks too easily. Can that be fixed?," 25 Feb. 2021 BoomArts presents an entirely analog performance open to anyone with a phone. oregonlive, "5 things to do this week: Brass Quintet, ‘A Thousand Ways,’ and Hannah Newman art show," 20 Jan. 2021 The government hopes to direct public money to strategic areas with high growth potential—such as helping Japan’s famously analog businesses go digital—while stimulating private investment. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, "Japan Plays Catch-Up in Venture Capital as Rivals Boom," 26 Dec. 2020 An analog deep-fry thermometer has a dial display and a probe that sits in the oil to determine its temperature. Jennifer Blair,, "The best deep-fry thermometer," 22 Dec. 2020 And yet, thanks to millennials and Gen Z, the incredibly analog business is experiencing a rebirth. Maria Ricapito, Marie Claire, "Season’s (and Other...) Greetings," 7 Dec. 2020 For many publishers, the fair represented a scrappy, analog way of doing business that was on the wane even before COVID-19. Dorany Pineda, Los Angeles Times, "A landmark publishing fair is on ice. Booksellers are wistful but hardly surprised," 2 Dec. 2020 The gauges were exceptionally legible, thanks to crisp digital projections of analog instruments. Dallas News, "Nissan Rogue’s 2021 version throws down a challenge to rivals RAV4 and CR-V," 10 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of analog


1844, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for analog


from attributive use of analogue entry 1; (sense 1) after analog computer, in which physical quantities (as electrical potential or mechanical motion) are analogues of corresponding quantities in the problem to be solved

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English Language Learners Definition of analog

technical : of or relating to a device or process in which data is represented by physical quantities that change continuously
of a clock or watch : having hour and minute hands

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