analogue

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noun

an·​a·​logue ˈa-nə-ˌlȯg How to pronounce analogue (audio)
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variants or analog
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: 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
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: 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.
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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)
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: 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)

analogue

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an·​a·​logue

chiefly British spelling of analog

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The word analogue entered English from French in the 19th century and ultimately traces back to the Greek word logos, meaning "ratio." (The word analogy, which has been a part of English since the 15th century, also descends from logos.) The noun analogue is sometimes spelled analog, particularly when it refers to a chemical compound that is structurally similar to another but slightly different in composition. Adding to the confusion, there is also an adjective spelled analog, which came into use in the 20th century. The adjective can refer to something that is analogous (as in an analog organ), but it is most often used to distinguish analog electronics from digital electronics (as in an analog computer or an analog clock).

Example Sentences

Noun a modern analog to what happened before the synthetic analog of a chemical found in a tropical tree a meat analogue such as tofu
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Reparations for colonial crimes might be the closest analogue to climate reparations, given the eerily similar power dynamics—not to mention the role colonialism played in the industrialization that fueled the climate crisis. Noah Gordon, The New Republic, 26 Oct. 2022 For a specific twist angle between the crystal lattices, light is forced to travel in just one specific direction, without expanding in circular ripples—the analogue of superconductivity for photons. Andrea Alù, Scientific American, 3 Oct. 2022 For several years now, Musk has failed to deliver on promises of fully autonomous vehicle technology, the closest modern analogue to the idealized version of an intelligent Optimus. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 3 Oct. 2022 Corbin roasts root vegetables to make a flavorful stock, then adds it to a mix of Fresno chiles, okra and red miso paste for a heady stew that hews more to the original West African dish than its Louisiana analogue. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2022 For instance, Maria Sharapova—perhaps her closest analogue, with $325 million in earnings across a tennis career that ended in February 2020—continues to promote Nike, Evian and Porsche. Brett Knight, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 Nintendo is probably the closest potential analogue, yet its platform largely exists on a handheld console. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2022 Mercedes put a great deal of effort into developing an electric analogue to its S-class sedan. Car and Driver, 18 Aug. 2022 Later, the masking tape comes off, the edges become free-form and the paintings go from digital to analogue. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 27 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

borrowed from French, borrowed from Greek análogon "proportion, correspondence," noun derivative from neuter of análogos "proportionate, analogous"

First Known Use

Noun

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of analogue was in 1804

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“Analogue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/analogue. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

analogue

noun

an·​a·​logue
variants or analog
ˈan-ᵊl-ˌȯg,
-ˌäg
1
: something that is analogous to something else
2
: an organ or part similar in function to an organ or part of another animal or plant but different in structure and origin
3
: of or relating to an analog computer
4
: being a clock or watch that has hour and minute hands

Medical Definition

analogue

noun

an·​a·​logue
variants or analog
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: something that is analogous or similar to something else
2
: an organ similar in function to an organ of another animal or plant but different in structure and origin
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)

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