an·​a·​log | \ˈa-nə-ˌlȯg, -ˌläg\

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


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 technology-free zone forces you to keep track of your people analog-style. New York Times, "Things to Do in NYC: Astoria for a Pool Day, and Open-Mic Night Plus Dumplings in Chinatown," 12 July 2018 One room over, Wilson shows me the most impressive new toy in the group's digitization toolkit, one that arrived just three days earlier: A room-sized analog artifact known as an optical comparator. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns," 10 July 2018 This original surround-sound format, which employed four speakers for playback, became popular among analog audiophiles in the 1970s. Michael Calore, WIRED, "Analog Surround-Sound Is Reborn on a New Quadraphonic LP," 31 May 2018 Chase Bliss pedals have a completely analog signal path, yet are controlled by digital microprocessors. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology in Guitar Pedals Has Reached a New Level of Tonal Bliss," 20 Apr. 2018 Cardboard, a decidedly analog material, was an unusual choice in Palo Alto, where circuit boards reign supreme. Carolyne Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Luxury brand Hermès woos the technorati in Palo Alto with French fete," 22 May 2018 With five satellite speakers and a subwoofer, it's got digital and analog inputs to match the versatility of your sonic choices. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "One of Logitech's Best Mice Is Going for Cheap on Amazon," 7 Nov. 2017 The rovers will need to be able to communicate with one another, and the partners claim a 4G mobile network will be a lot more energy-efficient than analog radio. David Meyer, Fortune, "There Is Actually a Point to Putting a 4G Network On the Moon," 28 Feb. 2018 Even seemingly analog devices are also digital ones. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Why Computers Should Be Hidden," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of analog


1844, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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